On-spot Registration for
Shri Amarnathji Yatra-2011
Jammu (J&K), June 25: For the convenience of the pilgrims, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has taken a significant decision to allow unregistered pilgrims to proceed for Shri Amarnathji Shrine Cave in South Kashmir Himalayas from here after duly registering them at Jammu Yatri Niwas, Canal Road, which serves as base camp of the Shri Amarnathji Yatra
However, the registration would be done in such a way that daily quota of the pilgrims do not exceed 10,000. Official sources said only 10,000 pilgrims (5,000 each from forward base camps of Nunwan in Pahalgam and Baltal) would be allowed to proceed to Shri Amarnathji Yatra-2011 per day. The number was restricted to ensure smooth conduct of the Yatra so that the pilgrims don’t face any hardships enroute the tracks even in case of unpleasant weather.
This decision of SASB would help a lot of pilgrims, who have failed to register themselves either through online or with designated branches of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Yes Bank and some Co-operative Banks.
Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has also established a Control Room equipped with a 24-hour Helpline to facilitate the Yatris undertaking the Shri Amarnathji pilgrimage. Any person seeking information or help in regard to the forthcoming Yatra, which commences on 29th June, can call 0194-2501679. Any person wishing to making any complaint about the Yatra arrangements can also call the Control Room.
CEO Shri Amarnath Shrine Board has conveyed that over 2.4 lakh pilgrims have so far been registered for Shri Amarnathji Yatra-2011 through on-line registration facility as well as different banks designated for the job.
Shri Amarnathji Yatra-2011 is expected to start from Yatri Niwas, the base camp of Jammu, on June 28 and forward base camps of Baltal and Nunwan on June 29.
Sources said that instructions have been passed to concerned agencies and police at Pahalgam and Baltal to ensure that no unregistered Yatris are allowed to leave for the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji.
The snow clearance operations and other necessary arrangements for the entire track are going on expeditiously and the SASB officials are hope for the start of Shri Amarnathji Yatra-2011 in time. All langars at base camps, highways and twin tracks have started setting up their units at the allocated places so as to be ready by June 29.
In the meanwhile BSNL has made mobile/ cellular phone (postpaid only) connectivity operational on both Pahalgam and Baltal routes of the entire Yatra area upto the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji. With this facility, Yatris can remain in touch while undertaking the pilgrimage through mountainous tracks.
The Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has complimented BSNL for timely completion of the task to provide mobile phone connectivity that will not only benefit the Yatris but all the Government Departments, Security Forces and other agencies involved in the management of the pilgrimage as well. The cellular phone connectivity is one of a number of initiatives taken by SASB with a view to progressively improve the Yatra management.