Dehradun: No more travel fuss, no more information clogging is how the state’s tourism department wants to redefine Chardham yatra. All set to ward off the woes of Chardham yatris, the department will be launching a website wherein all the details and schedule about next year’s yatra will be available.

With hi-tech facility, the travellers will be able to garner all information about the Chardham yatra at the click of a mouse sitting at home.

Till now, despite tall claims of the government, the lack of proper planning for travellers has always yielded problems for them. The yatris who come with a motive to visit Lord Shiva’s shrine, face utmost trouble due to excessive crowd which assemble to offer prayers. However, till date no proper system has been implemented to control and manage the crowd.

But with the details of the yatra being available online from next year, the ordeal suffered by the yatris will be done away with.

Due to continuous increase in the number of pilgrims, the arrangements made for them often fall short. While the streets portray a picture of jam, yatris find difficultly in lodging as well.

But according to the tourism department, the picture of the yatra would be different in the coming year.
The tourism department has started working on the plan which would provide services like details of when can a yatri visit a particular dham. The plan would also ensure that none of the four dhams are overcrowded during the entire yatra.

The department has conducted a survey on the present pilgrims who are participating in the yatra. Under the survey, the lodging of the pilgrims in a particular dham, the number of pilgrims, vehicles passing through the roads, will be taken into account. After the survey, the number of pilgrims who cross a particular road can be ascertained. And as per the survey report, pilgrims would be intimated about the date of their yatra and also about their details of lodging and other preparations.

Rakesh Sharma, Principal Secretary, Religious Tourism Department said, “The entire exercise is being done for a smooth yatra next year and keeping the convenience of the pilgrims in mind.”

JPN/Bureau