Amid frequent rains and snowfall in Uttarakhand, the annual Char Dham Yatra will begin on Tuesday, with the opening of the gates of Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines on the auspicious occasion of "Akshaya Tritiya".
Uttarakhand government has sent a proposal to the Asian Development Bank requesting it to fund a project introducing radio frequency identification technology to track pilgrims in case of a crisis on char dham yatra route.
The annual Char Dham pilgrimage in Uttarakhand will begin on April 21 during the auspicious 'Akshaya Tritiya' festival, with the reopening of the Gangotri and the Yamunotri shrines in the Garhwal Himalayas, officials said on Sunday.
With Char Dham Yatra scheduled to begin next month, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has sought the help of central agencies in improving connectivity on the pilgrimage route saying the task is unachievable without their cooperation.
With the Rishikesh-Kedarnath National Highway blocked at Doliyadevi near Fata and intermittent rains continuing, district authorities Thursday decided to keep the Kedarnath yatra suspended till July 26.
Time, it is said, is a great healer. For the hundreds of villagers in Uttarakhand who lost their homes and livelihoods in the flash floods last June 16 and for the thousands all over the country whose loved ones were washed away by the swirling waters, the passage of time has brought no solace. It has, however, added to their pain and anguish for nothing has changed in the hill state, touted as "Gods Own Land".
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday announced an elaborate reconstruction and rehabilitation programme for Kedarnath shrine and surrounding areas including erecting protective walls around the famed temple.
Faith has won over fearful memories of deadly devastation in Uttarakhand. Amid recitals of Vedic hymns and blowing of conch shells, the holy shrine of Badrinath reopened on Monday, a day after prayers began at Kedarnath.