Pushkar Singh Dhami
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami

CM Dhami reviews Char Dham yatra arrangements, stresses on devotee safety

Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister (CM) Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami, while reviewing the Char Dham Yatra arrangements virtually from New Delhi on Saturday, gave instructions to make the Char Dham online registration system more effective. He said that Char Dham Yatra is going to increase further in the coming year also. Travel authority should also be considered as per the requirement, for efficient management & operation of various yatras conducted within the state including Chardham Yatra, Kanvad Yatra, Purnagiri Yatra, etc.

CM Dhami stressed the responsibility of ensuring that every devotee coming to Uttarakhand can have a smooth and fulfilling darshan experience. “We have to facilitate their journey by becoming partners of the devotees,” he said, urging officials to stay in ‘alert mode’ and to be proactive in their roles. The Chief Minister directed the enhancement of basic facilities such as increasing the number of toilets at holding points and considering alternative routes to manage vehicle congestion during peak times. Regular cleanliness drives along the Yatra route were also mandated.

With upcoming holidays and weekends expected to see a surge in pilgrim numbers, CM Dhami instructed the District Magistrates and administrations of Haridwar, Dehradun, Pauri, Tehri, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, and Uttarkashi to work in close coordination. He emphasized the importance of officials being on the ground to take direct feedback from devotees, ensuring that even minor issues are promptly addressed.

Chamoli District Officer Himanshu Khurana reported that approximately 13,000 devotees visited Badrinath Dham on Friday. He also noted that preparations for the Hemkund Sahib Yatra are nearly complete. Dr. Meharban Singh Bisht, District Officer of Uttarkashi, informed that 15,800 pilgrims visited Yamunotri Dham on Friday, with devotees continuously being managed through a gate system. He assured that all basic facilities are in place at various holding points.

The meeting saw the participation of several high-ranking officials, including Chief Secretary Radha Raturi, Principal Secretary RK Sudhanshu, Secretary Arvind Singh Hyanki, Garhwal Commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey, and District Magistrates from Dehradun, Haridwar, Tehri, and Rudraprayag.

CM Dhami’s directives aim to ensure a safe, smooth, and well-organized Char Dham Yatra, reflecting the government’s commitment to enhancing the pilgrimage experience for all devotees.

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