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HindustanTimes Fri,11 Jul 2014

Demand for system to monitor pilgrim footfall

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Dehradun, July 06, 2013
First Published: 00:07 IST(6/7/2013) | Last Updated: 00:09 IST(6/7/2013)

After the Uttarakhand tragedy, there has been a demand for a system of registering pilgrims visiting the state annually for the sake of maintaining proper records and also to regulate the footfall so that the fragile central Himalayan state is not overburdened.

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"If the system of registration works on the Amarnath yatra route in Jammu and Kashmir why can't it be introduced here," said RK Pande, former executive director of the Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre.

Vice chairperson of the Badrinath-Kedarnath temple committee Madhu Bhatt also feels the absence of such a system was at the root of the confusion prevailing over the death toll from the natural calamity.

CM Vijay Bahuguna recently said that 3,068 people had gone missing since the flash floods struck, while chief secretary Subhash Kumar admitted to HT that thousands of pilgrims and locals might have been killed in cloudbursts that ravaged the state.


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