Uttarakhand News

Tourism Department to surveillance pilgrims during Char Dham Yatra

The Uttarakhand Tourism Department has introduced a security system that is designed to keep surveillance on the pilgrims participating in Char Dham Yatra during the season. Tourist Safety Management System (TSMS) is a security system which will provide real-time location of the pilgrims as well as information about the number of pilgrims visiting shrines on any given day. Budget of around 15-20 crore is allocated for the design and implementation of the system. This security system will prove beneficial in locating and assisting stranded pilgrims during disasters such as earthquake, landslides and flash floods.

Tourists need to register mobile number on TSMS

The catastrophic 2013 floods in Uttarakhand which took more than 5,000 lives exposed the flawed disaster management in the state as the department failed to locate and identify the stranded pilgrims. The Tourism Department sought help of IT department,  UDRP, Disaster Management  and Home Ministry in implementing TSMS at earliest and is eyeing the upcoming Char Dham yatra to test run the security system.

Char Dham Yatra

Badrinath, one the of Char Dham in Uttarakhand, is visited by large number of devotees every year (Image Source)

The pilgrims visiting Char Dham will be registered along with their mobile number at respective booths. The mobile number then will be used to identify the location which will help the officials to keep a track on the number of tourists visiting the shrines each day. Apart from that, radio frequency system (RFID) will be installed with the vehicles carrying the pilgrims to keep a check on its location. All the information will be sent to the dedicated server at Tourism Directorate office.

2017 Char Dham Yatra pilgrims registration

The pilgrims and devotees partaking in 2017 Char Dham Yatra can register themselves on the official Char Dham website. In addition to that, official websites of GMVN and KMVN will also accept registration. Manual registration at 14 official registration counter all over Uttarakhand is also available for tourists.