So far 31 pilgrims have lost their lives since the commencement of the Char Dham Yatra on May 3. Uttarakhand Director General of Health Dr. Shailja Bhatt has informed ANI about this. The official attributed the death to mountain sickness and other health problems. The DG further informed that the health check-up of the pilgrims is now being done at the points created on the yatra routes.
Earlier on Friday, on the instructions of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, the State Health Department started the facility of health check-up at the entry and registration site of Char Dham Yatra. Dr. Shailaja Bhatt said, “Health check-up of the passengers has been started at Rishikesh ISBT registration site. Health check-up camps have been set up at Pandukeshwar for the pilgrims of Dobta and Hina and Badrinath Dham on the Yatra route of Yamanotri and Gangotri respectively. “
He said that the passengers who are found to have any physical illness after the health check-up, are being advised to take rest or go on the journey only after recovering.
The yatra began on May 3 with the inauguration of the Gangotri and Yamunotri doors to the devotees on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya in the presence of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. While the doors of Kedarnath opened on 6th May, the doors of Badrinath opened on 8th May.