6 Lakh Yatris To Visit Amarnath Cave This Year: Govt

Yatris enroute to cave shrine – File Photo: Abid Bhat

Jammu: As many as six lakh devotees are expected to take part in the annual Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir Himalayas scheduled to begin in June this year, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam said Wednesday.

Chairing a meeting on Wednesday to review the arrangements for safe, smooth, and secure movement of pilgrims particularly along the Jammu-Srinagar highway and Baltal and Chandanwari yatra tracks up to the Holy Cave, Subrahmanyam enjoined upon the administration to undertake preparations for an expected footfall of 6 lakh yatris this year, an official spokesperson said.

“To ensure secure passage of pilgrims, directions were issued to appropriately ramp up the holding capacities, yatri accommodations, and public utilities across the route from Lakhanpur to the Holy cave and vice-versa; with special attention to arrangements in consideration of weather extremities,” he said.

The meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor/CEO, SASB, Administrative Secretaries of departments of Public Works (R&B), Industries and Commerce, and Tourism besides Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir & Jammu, concerned Deputy Commissioners and Additional CEO SASB.

According to the official spokesperson, the Chief Secretary directed the Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu to closely monitor the arrangements being put in place in transit camps along the Yatra route particularly at Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Udhampur, Ramban, Anantnag, Srinagar, Baltal, and Chandanwari.

Deputy Commissioners, he said, were directed to enhance the holding-capacity of transit camps under their jurisdictions to accommodate approximately 1.22 lakh yatris including both the cave-bound pilgrims as well as those on the return journey; on a daily basis.

“The Chief Secretary asked the Divisional Commissioners to ensure availability of basic amenities at these transit camps, besides, ensuring adequate provisions all along the route. They were asked to project additional requirement of resources to the Tourism Department for timely projection and approval,” the official spokesperson said.

He further said that to ensure completion of various works and arrangements well in time, it was impressed upon the concerned to initiate the implementation of plans and projects in the 1st week of April 2021.

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