Mandatory biometrics of all tourists visiting Char Dham, increased compensation to those whose homes got damaged and a monthly stipend of Rs 7,500 to those who lost both their parents during th 2013 Kedarnath tragedy were among several directions issued by Uttarakhand high court to the government on Saturday.
About 5,000 people had died in the flash floods during Kedarnath Yatra and hundreds of others were reported missing. In October this year, the police had found 62 skeletons around an alternate route to Kedarnath temple.
Taking cognizance of that, the court asked the state government to constitute five special investigation teams to trace the bodies. Each team will have to be headed by an officer not below the rank of senior superintendent of police, the court said. “The state government is directed to frame the rules to regulate the mass movement of pilgrims to religious places in the State of Uttarakhand,” the division bench of the court said.
Making the state chief secretary responsible for implementing the order, court also directed the government to ensure that no untreated sewage flows into rivers from towns enroute to Chardhams as well as Hem Kund Saheb in the next six months.