Amarnath Yatra to last 44 days this year

15000 pilgrims to be allowed daily

NEW DELHI: The annual Amarnath pilgrimage will begin on June 28 this and last for 44 days, concluding on Raksha Bandhan which falls on Aug 10, the Shri Amarnath  Shrine Board (SASB) has informed.

The decision was taken at a meeting, chaired by SASB chairman, Governor N N Vohra in New Delhi today, ‘keeping in view safety and security of the pilgrims’, an SASB statement said.  

The meeting was attended by Board members, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Justice (Retd.) G D Sharma, Pandit Bhajan Sopori, Shri Vijay Dhar and Dr. (Prof.) Ved Kumari Ghai,  and Chief Executive Officer Navin K Choudhary.

For deciding the duration and commencement of Yatra 2014, the Board relied upon the approach set out by the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Sub Committee, which had been set up in July 2011 to advise the Board regarding the duration and schedule of future Yatras.

The Board directed that the CEO should arrange a special Pooja on the day of Jyesth Purnima, which falls on June 13, preferably at the Holy Cave, to invoke the blessings of Lord Shiva for the smooth and safe conduct of the pilgrimage.

Considering the carrying capacity and infrastructure, the Board has decided that 7,500 pilgrims, excluding those travelling by helicopters to Panjtarni, would be allowed to register for the pilgrimage on per day per route basis. The registration process would begin on March 1, 2014.

The Board also directed the CEO to intensively publicize the requirement for pilgrims of having a prescribed Compulsory Health Certificate issued by the authorised Doctors/ Medical Institutes.

The CEO informed that all States and UTs have been asked to furnish a list of Doctors/ Institutes who would issue  Compulsory Health Certificates to the medically fit Yatris of the State/ UT. The Board further directed the CEO to compile State-wise lists of the nominated Doctors/ Institutes and upload the information on the Board’s website –www.shriamarnathjishrine.com – for the information of all intending Yatris.

The CEO was desired to intensively publicize, through print and electronic media, the registration procedure; requirement of Compulsory Health Certificate to obtain registration; details of Doctors/ Institutes authorized to issue Compulsory Health Certificates, Dos and Don’ts to be followed by the Yatris during the course of Yatra and Health Advisories to prevent Yatris from getting afflicted with serious illnesses.    

The CEO also informed that the designated Expert Committee had revised the 2013 Food Menu and this year the revised Food Menu will be applicable to all Langar Organizations as well as to all Food Stalls and shops serving in the Yatra route.

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