Yatra on Uttarakhand pattern justified: Shah

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Srinagar: In connection with restructuring the party in central Kashmir, the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) today convened a meet which was chaired by its Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah. The meeting was attended by all the representatives and members of district Budgam.

Shah while commenting on Amarnath Yatra reiterated his demand of restricting it to minimum time period keeping in view the fragile environmental condition. “We’re not against the Yatra but the ‘aggressive’ way the pilgrimage is being conducted and its duration extended is totally unacceptable for us. We also reject the point that Amarnath Yatra boosts economy of the State at a large scale.”

He said that arrival of limitless pilgrims to a mountainous region largely affects the surroundings and leaves negative effects upon the overall environment of the State. “Our water bodies and forests have been polluted to very much extent giving rise to health hazards including Hepatitis. Experts have cited the melting of glaciers and deforestation as reasons behind floods in the Valley.”

Citing the example of Uttarakhand, Shabir Ahmad Shah said we demand the Yatra should be conducted on the same pattern – short and limited. “But here, it is entirely contrary – limitless and timeless, which is unacceptable.”

“We suggest all the concerned that they should (without any bias) restrict the time frame of Yatra and limit the pilgrims lest we face some serious environmental repercussions.”

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