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Government yet to take call on Hemkund Sahib yatra

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Amritsar, April 26

With Covid-19 outbreak, uncertainty surrounds the pilgrimage to Hemkund Sahib.

Though the Hemkund Sahib Trust had announced to open the doors of the shrine on June 1, given the present scenario, chances are bleak that it would happen, sources said.

The hurdles include restriction on the movement of the people across the country and 15-18 ft thick layer of snow covering the 4-km "astha path" leading to the shrine.

Trust vice-chairperson Narinder Pal Singh Bindra said the reopening of the shrine would have to be pushed beyond June 1 and the fresh dates would be announced only after reviewing the situation.

"Nothing can be decided till the situation returns to normal. It was proposed to start the work of clearing the track, but it could not happen till May 3," he said.

Hemkund Sahib is located at an altitude of 15,000 ft in Uttarakhand. The yatra is done in summers.

Gurdwara Gobind Ghat manager Sewa Singh said usually Army men with the assistance of gurdwara employees and devotees cleared the track for the devotees in May. "Under prevailing circumstances, this task could not be taken up," he said. mdash; TNS



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