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SRINAGAR — In his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after taking charge of Union Home Ministry, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir for two days beginning Wednesday.

Official sources said that Amit Shah is likely to chair a security review meeting with governor Satya Pal Malik. The meeting is likely to be attended by K. Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary, besides top police and army officers. 

Also, sources said, he will have a one-on-one meeting with governor, Satya Pal Malik at Rajbhawan here besides he will pay obeisance at the Shri Amarnathji Shrine during his visit. 

The 46-day long annual yatra to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir will commence on July 1 (the day of Masik Shivratri) and would conclude on August 15, the day of Shravan Purnima.

The annual pilgrimage starts from Srinagar and Pahalgam and ends at the Amarnath cave temple which is located at an altitude of 3,888 metres, about 141 km from Srinagar.

The yatra attracts lakhs of pilgrims every year who visit the site during Shravani Mela in July-August (Shravan month in Hindu calendar).  2,85,006 visited the shrine in 2018, according to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

Shah will also address BJP workers and Panchayat members separately during this visit, the sources added.

Meanwhile, in wake of the Shah’s visit, security has been heightened across Kashmir Valley particularly in summer capital of Srinagar.

Traffic Advisory Issued

Traffic Police Srinagar city Tuesday issued a traffic advisory for motorists in view of the visit of VVIP to SKICC on 26th and 27th of June 2019.

According to the advisory, no Motorist shall be allowed to ply towards Nishat, Shalimar, Harwan and adjacent areas via. Badyari Chowk and Gupkar. Similarly no traffic shall be allowed to ply from Ram Munshibagh towards Grand Place and shall be diverted towards Dalgate-Khayam for their respective destinations on 26th and 27th June 2019.

“Likewise, motorist intending to travel from Harwan-Shalimar-Nishat, Ganderbal and other adjacent areas towards Lalchowk are requested to travel via Hazratbal-Lalbazar route instead of Foreshore-Boulevard road axis to reach respective destinations. Motorist intending to travel from Dalgate, Lal Chowk and adjacent areas towards Harwan-Shalimar-Nishat shall adopt Nowpora-Khayam-Rainawari via Dargah-Zakoora to reach their respective destinations,” the advisory read.

According to Traffic police, vehicles of the tourists who are residing in Dal and Nishat area and emergency service vehicles are exempted from the said restriction, however they are advised to restrict their movement to bare minimum requirement on boulevard-foreshore road axis.

According to the advisory, timing for the traffic restriction as ordered by District Magistrate Srinagar will be from 08:00 A.M to 10:30 P.M on 26 June 2019 and 07:00 A.M to 04:00 P.M on 27 June 2019.

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