People from Uttarakhand will be able to visit the Kedarnath shrine from May 4, said state Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday. He said the state government has decided that all districts under the green zone will be “completely opened up” from May 4.
Trivendra Singh Rawat said this while participating in a session during ‘E-Agenda Aaj Tak CM Special’.
“From May 4, we are going to completely open the green zone. People from Uttarakhand would be able to visit the Kedarnath shrine. We will ensure social distancing norms are followed,” Trivendra Singh Rawat said.
As per the list of red, orange and green zones announced by the central government, 10 out of 13 districts in Uttarakhand are in the green zone, two in orange and one in red zone.
Asked about the future of the annual Char Dham Yatra in the state, the chief minister said, “We want that people should visit these religious places. We will take all decisions based on how things improve. We will want that the pilgrimage is secure and there is no fear among people. The state has seen Kedarnath tragedy of 2013 and we came out of it. We will come out of this crisis too.”
Speaking about the loss to the tourism sector, which is considered to be one of the major sources of revenue for the state, Trivendra Singh Rawat said the sector has suffered a massive loss.
“Nothing can be said about when the situation will become normal. We will now try to capitalise on the winter season. Uttarakhand has good potential to promote winter tourism. We will try to extend the winter season tourism from 3-4 months at present to 12 months,” he said.
Meanwhile, the chief minister said the state government has received applications from nearly 87,000 people who want to return to their homes in Uttarakhand.
“Nearly 26,000 people are from Delhi alone. We have demanded 12 trains. We have demanded trains from Mumbai, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Gujarat etc. We are in favour of bringing people back but we will follow all medical norms,” he said.
Meanwhile, as of 8am on Saturday, a total of 58 people had tested positive for Covid-19 in Uttarakhand. Of these 58 patients, 36 have recovered. The disease has not claimed any life in the state so far. The first case in Uttarakhand was reported in Dehradun.
Uttarakhand is also among the handful of states where a majority of districts have not reported any Covid-19 case so far. Of the 13 districts in the state, only five have reported Covid-19 cases.
According to list of Red, Orange and Green Zones earmarked by the central government, one district (Haridwar) is under the Red Zone, two districts (Nainital and Dehradun) under the Orange Zone and 10 districts under the Green Zone.
The most-affected districts in the state are: Dehradun, Haridwar and Nainital.
Speaking overall about the country, as of 8am on Saturday, the total number of Covid-19 cases touched 37,336, of which 9,951 have recovered and 1,218 have died.