Mumbai: The Uttarakhand government has decided to increase the daily number of pilgrims by 1,000 each to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said.
“The government has decided to increase the number of pilgrims at Chardham by one thousand,” Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami told ANI.
With this, 16,000 devotees can visit Badrinath and 13,000 devotees can have the ‘darshan’ of the deity in a day at Kedarnath Dham. Now in a day 8,000 and 5,000 pilgrims can visit Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham respectively.
Earlier, when the pilgrimage began on May 3, only 15,000 pilgrims were allowed daily in Badrinath, 16,000 in Kedarnath, 7,000 in Gangotri Dham and 5,000 in Yamunotri Dham.
The doors of Gangotri-Yamunotri Dham were opened on May 3, while those of Kedarnath and Badrinath were opened on May 6 and May 8 respectively. Chief Minister Dhami said, “There is always a huge crowd of devotees on the first day of the yatra, for which long queues are seen at Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri for ‘darshan’.
“The crowd, after the opening of the portals, have now been regulated to some extent and the Yatra is being driven in a finer way. Prior registration for pilgrimage is being made mandatory,” the CM said.
According to the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Council, more than two lakh pilgrims have visited Chardham this year; Out of which 77,656 pilgrims visited Kedarnath alone, while 49,215 visited Gangotri Dham, 46,405 Yamunotri Dham and 30,773 pilgrims visited Badrinath Dham.
This year, the registrations for Yatra have also observed a new record as more than 10 lakh pilgrims have registered.
“To streamline the ‘darshan’, the capacity of 1000 passengers has been increased to each Dham,” said the CM. Security forces along with a team of health officials have been deployed on the pilgrim route by the State government.