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The Badrinath Yatra is likely to be regulated after the Joshi Math disaster.

World NewsIndia NewsThe Badrinath Yatra is likely to be regulated after the Joshi Math disaster.

This year’s Badrinath Dham Yatra may be regulated in the wake of the highway landslide at Joshi Math, officials said on Sunday.

An official privy to the matter said the matter would be discussed in an upcoming high-level meeting to reduce the burden of pilgrims and vehicles on the holy city.

Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Chairman Ajendra Ajay said, “Thousands of pilgrims en route to Badrinath are staying at Joshi Math town and to reduce the burden of pilgrims and vehicles on the sinking city, this was discussed during a high-level meeting in this regard. will be discussed.” Committee.

Also read: After the weather improved, relief work at Joshi Mutt was resumed.

Meanwhile, local people said that Badrinath Highway has also been affected due to land subsidence. One to two meter long cracks have appeared on the Badrinath National Highway at Joshimuth, the only road leading to Badrinath.

Secretary, Disaster Management, Ranjit Kumar Sinha told HT that the local administration is closely monitoring the ground level of the highway and the road will be repaired before the upcoming Yatra season.

On Saturday, when asked about the damage to the highway due to landslides, District Magistrate Chamoli Himanshu Khurana said that according to the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), the road settlement The cause showed a small crack on the highway but “it wasn’t. Not a cause for concern.”

Meanwhile, Char Dham under the all-weather plan is currently suspended amid landslides at Hailing Bypass. Hence, the city cannot be neglected during this pilgrimage season.

The state government on Saturday wrote to the Border Roads Organization (BRO) to consult the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee whether the Hailing-Marwari Bai Work on the pass project can resume.

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The project was shelved by the district administration in the first week of January following protests by locals.

Sinha told HT, “I have written to BRO to consult with GSI and IIT, Roorkee whether the work on Hailing-Marwari Bypass can be resumed. If the technical agencies give their approval, the work can be resumed. Although it will not be completed before the coming Yatra season, it is important to continue the work and ensure its completion on time.

Four Himalayan pilgrimage sites – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath – collectively known as Char Dham, are located in the Garhwal Himalayan mountain range. The Char Dham shrines are closed for about six months each year, opening in summer (April or May) and closing with the onset of winter (October or November). Traditionally, the Char Dham Yatra starts from Yamunotri in the west, then Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath in the east.

Badrinath is located in Chamoli district, one of the most prone to landslides, and is one of the holiest Hindu shrines at an altitude of 3,133 meters on the banks of the Alaknanda river.

Meanwhile, the Chamoli district administration resumed demolition work on Saturday. After the weather improved, work on two badly damaged hotels and two houses in Joshi Mutt’s Manohar Bagh is underway.

At least 863 buildings in the hill town suffered cracks and 921 people were displaced and shifted to temporary relief camps in the first week of January after the holy town of Chamoli district suddenly inundated and several houses suffered major cracks.

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