SDRF team rescues devotee who lost his way at Garudchatti during Kedarnath Yatra

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RUDRAPRAYAG: The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) rescued a devotee who lost his way and got stuck on the other side of the Garudchatti River.

“A devotee who had come from Noida, Uttar Pradesh for Shri Kedarnath Yatra lost his way at Garudchatti and got stuck on the other side of the river,” said SDRF officials.

The SDRF rescue team immediately reached the spot and took the said devotee safely to a safe place through alternative routes.

Earlier on May 16, the Uttarakhand Tourism Department said that more than 8 lakh pilgrims visited the Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines since the Chardham Yatra began on April 22.

It added that about 40 thousand pilgrims have been visiting the four Dhams daily and that the Kedarnath Yatra registration numbers had surpassed 30,000 per day.

“Till now, more than 8 lakh devotees have visited Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines. The daily registration figure for Kedarnath Yatra has reached more than 30 thousand. At present about 40 thousand pilgrims are visiting the four Dhams daily,” stated the State Tourism Department.

The Chardham Yatra began on the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya.

Earlier on April 30, the Chardham Yatra was stopped at Srinagar as a precautionary measure due to bad weather at Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Uttarakhand Director General of Police Ashok Kumar issued instructions in view of rain and snowfall during the Chardham yatra and directed officials to be extra vigilant.

“Chardham Yatra has been stopped by Srinagar Police as a precautionary measure due to bad weather at Kedarnath and Badrinath. There are adequate arrangements for staying in Srinagar, and the passengers will not face any kind of problem. Passengers are being appealed to continue their journey when the weather clears up,” Ravi Saini, Station House Officer of Srinagar police station had said. (ANI)

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