Gujarat Government Facilitates Safe Return of State Pilgrims Stranded on Char Dham Yatra

Gujarat authorities have contacted Uttarakhand officials to assist stranded pilgrims from Gujarat on the Char Dham Yatra route due to heavy traffic. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel instructed the intervention, leading to necessary arrangements and facilitation for their onward journey. The State Emergency Operation Centre in Gandhinagar coordinates with Uttarakhand for better coordination. Pilgrims from Gujarat have resumed their journey from Yamunotri and Gangotri after the intervention. Thousands of pilgrims from Gujarat undertake the annual Char Dham Yatra to four sacred sites in Uttarakhand.

PTI | Ahmedabad | Updated: 14-05-2024 22:17 IST | Created: 14-05-2024 22:17 IST
Gujarat Government Facilitates Safe Return of State Pilgrims Stranded on Char Dham Yatra
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A top Gujarat government bureaucrat on Tuesday contacted authorities in Uttarakhand and urged them to help pilgrims from the western state who are stranded on the route of Char Dham Yatra due to heavy rush of devotees.

In-charge chief secretary Sunaina Tomar contacted authorities in the hill state and discussed the matter with them. This helped in making necessary arrangements for pilgrims from Gujarat and facilitating their onward journey, said an official release here.

Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel received information that vehicles of some of the pilgrims from Gujarat were stuck in a huge traffic jam on the yatra route, it said.

On instructions from Patel, Tomar contacted the Uttarakhand government and discussed necessary arrangements which can be made to help stranded Gujarati pilgrims and facilitate their onward journey, said the release.

The State Emergency Operation Centre in Gandhinagar is also in touch with the Uttarakhand authorities for better coordination, it said.

Following the intervention, the Uttarakhand government, in coordination with its Gujarat counterpart, made necessary arrangements for these pilgrims, who have already started their further journey from Yamunotri and Gangotri, according to the release.

Every year thousands of pilgrims from Gujarat go for the Char Dham Yatra, which consists of a visit to four sacred sites in Uttarakhand -- Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath -- nestled high up in the Himalayas.

This year, the arduous pilgrimage to high-altitude shrines started on May 10. The pilgrimage starts from Yamunotri, proceeds towards Gangotri, onto Kedarnath, and finally ends at Badrinath.

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