Shri Amarnath Yatra-2011 remain suspended from Pahalgam route in view of unfavourable weather
Srinagar (Kashmir), July 8 - In view of the sudden change in weather conditions and Special Weather Advisory forecasting heavy rain along the entire Shri Amarnathji Yatra area later today, the movement of the Yatris from Chandanwari, Sheshnag and Panjtarni towards the Holy Cave of Shri Amarnath was stopped immediately, around 12.30 p.m. today.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board this decision has been taken to ensure the safety and security of the Yatris. He stated that the Army, Air Force and other agencies have been put on alert in view of the abrupt change in weather conditions and the expected heavy rains in the Yatra area, so as to provide the required support to the pilgrims, in case of any emerging situation.
The Yatris have been advised to remain confined to their respective Camps and those enroute must reach the nearest Camp locations in view of the unfavourable weather conditions to avoid any inconvenience.
Meanwhile, the Governor, Mr. N. N. Vohra, who is the Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, has directed half hourly monitoring of the situation in the Shri Amaarnathji Yatra area.
According to a Special Weather Advisory issued by the Meteorological Department for the Pahalgam route, for 8th and 9th July 2011, the sky will remain generally cloudy with rain/thundershowers and likely isolated heavy falls from Jammu to Pahalgam and beyond upto the Holy Cave. Similar weather conditions have been forecast for the Banihal-Srinagar-Baltal-Holy Cave sector for today and tomorrow with the sky remaining generally cloudy with rain/thundershowers and isolated heavy falls.