As the coronavirus curfew is lifted in the state of Uttarakhand, the government is likely to resume Char Dham Yatra for pilgrims in a phased manner.

Uttarakhand Tourism and Culture Minister Satpal Maharaj said that though plans are being made to open the Chardham Yatra in a phased manner in the coming weeks once the pandemic subsides, nothing has been finalized yet.

As per reports, the ongoing curfew is set to end on June 8, after which the restrictions are likely to be lifted in a phased manner depending on the pandemic situation. As such, Badrinath in Chamoli district, Kedarnath in Rudraprayag, while Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttarkashi district will reopen depending on the covid-19 situation.

It has been said that the phased inauguration of Chardham Yatra is possible only if there is a decline in the covid cases.

Reportedly, Satpal Maharaj met Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat and discussed the problems that the tourism industry is facing due to the second wave of covid. 

Initially, during the first phase, the yatra will be opened for the local people of Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts, where the temples are located. If the situation remains under control, people from the rest of the districts are likely to get permission to undertake the pilgrimage in the second phase.

In the third phase, people from outside the state will be allowed to visit temples with some restrictions.

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