The annual Char Dhaam Yatra to Kedarnath, Badrinath that was halted due to flash floods and heavy rains in June, will restarts again from October 5 and the route to these religious shrines will be opened for public.
However, Uttarakhand government will control the number of vehicles this time and the state government will also issue travel passes to the pilgrims. Further, the state government will make medical checkup for people interested to go on pilgrimage to these places and it will allow only small vehicles upto Badrinath shrine.
Now, the pilgrims will have to trek 24 kms to reach the Kedarnath temple. Earlier, the Uttarakhand CM Vijay Bahuguna and state government officials had held meeting with seers of religious groups, temple management members to decide the date for re-opening the route to these religious.
The Char Dhaam yatra was stopped after heavy devastation in these areas due to heavy rains and flash rains after June 17 in which thousands of pilgrims were killed and many more still remained missing.
Meanwhile, the state government has repaired the pathways on the Kedarnath Shrine route and pilgrims will be allowed to visit the shrine from Soneprayag route in Rudraprayag district.
Formal puja at the Kedarnath shrine was restarted last month and religious rituals has also been restarted at the Hemkund Saheb which on the route to Badrinath.