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The journey started today
After opening the cupboard in Kedarnath Dham, it is continuously snowing here. An Orange Alert was issued in Kedarnath Valley on May 3. Due to which the yatra was postponed for a day, but today the yatra has been started. From Sonprayag, the journey to Kedarnath was started on foot. Adequate number of devotees are being sent to Kedarnath Dham. Dr Visakha Ashok Bhadan, SP of Rudraprayag said that the yatra is being managed keeping in mind the safety of the pilgrims. A limited number of passengers are being dispatched from Sonprayag Gaurikund. Police SDRF and DDRS personnel deployed on footpaths have also been asked to be alert.
So many pilgrims were stopped here
Around 20,657 pilgrims stopped on the way to Kedarnath Dham and pilgrims leaving today to visit Kedarnath may prove to be a challenge for the Rudraprayag police system. As many as 1170 pilgrims in Rudraprayag, 545 in Agastyamuni, 55 in Ukhimath, 3687 in Guptakashi and 15200 in Sonprayag were stopped due to inclement weather at the pilgrimage route. Today, these pilgrims are being sent in limited number to visit Kedarnath Dham.
Being sent this way
Due to bad weather on the Yatra route on May 3, the route was closed after a fresh glacier came near the Kuber Jail Glacial. Due to which this road was closed. The work of opening this road has been started today. Until the road is fully opened, the SDRF is sending one by one passengers towards Dham.
Uttarakhand DGP gave instructions
DGP Ashok Kumar has directed during his four-day visit to Kedarnath Dham that on all the foot routes of the Yatra, appointed police force and oxygen cylinders have been arranged for the convenience and immediate assistance of the pilgrims. Hoarding flexes and banners have been put up in this regard along with operation limits to maintain sanctity at the pilgrimage camp including Kedarnath Dham.
Atithi Devo Bhavah
The DGP said that Atithi Devo Bhava and the motto of Uttarakhand Police will be friendship service, service with a sense of security and security will be kept paramount. Policemen posted at Kedarnath Dham have been directed to provide high calorie food. Also, by dividing the duties related to the temple into sectors and deploying the necessary police force, it has been directed that the routine duties are not affected due to any kind of VIP duty preparation.
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