Synopsis: Char Dham Yatra started on May 3, 2022, this year, and more than 100 pilgrims have already died since that day. To ensure the complete safety of pilgrims United India Insurance Company Ltd. announced to provide 1 lakh accident insurance coverage to the pilgrims in case of an accident.
Reportedly, more than 100 pilgrims have died this year during the Char Dham Yatra and most of them died due to heart attacks and severe health issues. Keeping this in mind Uttarakhand DG of Health, Shailja Bhatt announced INR 1 lakh accident insurance for pilgrims.
United India Insurance Company Ltd. takes the responsibility of allocating the insured amount to the victims on behalf of Manav Utthan Seva Samiti. This institution was started by Uttarakhand Tourism and Culture Minister Satpal Maharaj to look after the welfare of the pilgrims.
He said that this decision would help pilgrims who are going to visit holy places like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. He added that the government had decided to provide Rs 1 lakh accident insurance cover to those who were going to visit these places. The government would also extend the same facility to those who were visiting other religious sites. Also, the government would soon make arrangements to provide the same facility to those people who were traveling from Uttarakhand to other states.
Pilgrims visiting Char Dham are now considering this insurance coverage as a welcome gesture for the benefit of the pilgrims. Apart from financial help, DG Shailja Bhatt announced to deploy more than 150 doctors on the Char Dham route to handle all medical emergencies substantially.
According to the data, more than 19 lakh pilgrims are visiting the Badrinath-Kedarnath temple this year. To handle this much of the crowd proper preparedness is needed to be taken. Additionally, the government had decided to increase the number of pilgrims by up to 1000 pilgrims each day.
The doors of Gangotri and Yamunotri had opened on May 3, 2022, after a religious ceremony. Whereas the doors of Kedarnath and Badrinath were opened a few days after on May 6 and May 8 respectively. From now onwards, 1000 more pilgrims will be allowed to entertain the temple premises each day. This data was suggested depending on the space available on the temple premises for the devotees.
This year Badrinath is prepared to entertain 16000 devotees, whereas Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri will host 13000, 8000, and 5000 devotees respectively.