New Delhi: The Uttarakhand Devasthanam Board on Friday issued a revised standard operating procedure (SOP) allowing asymptomatic persons from outside the state to undertake the Chardham yatra but with certain conditions. Also Read – Kohima Lockdown News: Animal Husbandry Department, Guwahati High Court Staff Exempted From 7-Day Shutdown
According to the revised SOP, asymptomatic people from outside the state who have undergone the RT-PCR test from an ICMR-authorised lab and tested negative 72 hours prior to their arrival in Uttarakhand can undertake a pilgrimage to the shrines after procuring an e-pass from the Devasthanam Board, its CEO, Ravinath Raman, told reporters. Also Read – Tamil Nadu Lockdown News: Sunday Shutdown to Begin Early in Coimbatore This Week
The revised SOP has been issued to give an impetus to the Chardham yatra, which commenced on July 1 but was limited to people from Uttarakhand only, he said. Also Read – Amid Triple Lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram, City Mayor Goes in Self-Quarantine After 7 Councillors Test Positive
Asymptomatic travellers from outside the state who have not undertaken the RT-PCR test from an ICMR-authorised lab 72 hours before arrival will have to mandatorily undergo quarantine before applying for an e-pass, the revised SOP says.
When the COVID-19 situation normalises, more steps will be taken to give an impetus to the Chardham yatra, Raman said. Pilgrims will have to mandatorily carry the e-pass, a photo ID card and the RT-PCR test report in original while travelling to the Himalayan temples, he said.
More than 21,178 e-passes have been issued by the board to pilgrims from within the state since July 1, and more than 10,000 of them have already visited the Chardham.
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