New Delhi: Uttarakhand Cabinet on Friday has decided to issue guidelines for Chardham Yatra for pilgrims from Chamoli, Uttarkashi and Rudraprayag districts from July 1. According to the government all necessary steps will be taken and priests will be vaccinated.Also Read - Woman, 6-Year-Old Daughter Gangraped In Moving Car In Uttarakhand's Roorkee

The Cabinet decided to partially open the Chardham yatra for locals in limited numbers from July 1.           Briefing reporters about the cabinet’s decision, state government’s spokesman Subodh Uniyal said Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri will be opened for residents of Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts respectively from July 1 with a cap on the number of pilgrims to visit the temples daily. Also Read - Extremely Rare Carnivorous Plant Species Found For The First Time In Uttarakhand

Bringing a negative RT-PCR/Rapid Antigen test report will be mandatory for every pilgrim and the SOPs to be followed by them while visiting the temples will be issued separately, Uniyal said. Also Read - Mountains and Waterfalls: Explore These Three Exotic Escapades From Dehradun This Weekend

A senior official will be appointed for each of the four Himalayan temples who will coordinate with the district administration concerned about the arrangement for pilgrims, he added.

Asked whether the Chardham yatra will open for pilgrims from across the state from July 11 as planned earlier, the spokesman said it will depend on the overall Covid situation.

“There are predictions about the third wave and the Delta mutant of the pandemic. That will have to be taken into account before we go ahead with the decision to open the yatra for the whole of the state. The Cabinet will sit again to take a call on that,” Uniyal said.

Uttarakhand High Court had recently reprimanded the state government for the “haste” being shown in opening the Chardham yatra and asked it to either suspend or defer it.