Special Facility of Pre-paid SIM Cards for pilgrims of Shri Amarnathji Yatra
Srinagar, June 20- For the convenience of the pilgrims undertaking the Shri Amarnathji Yatra, which commences on 28th June 2013, the Telecom Department, Govt. of India, has installed special towers at Baltal, Domel, Brarimarg, Holy Cave, Panjtarni, Sheshnag and Chandanwari, on way to Sri Amarnath Shrine Cave, to ensure that telecom connectivity is available to the pilgrims. For all those pilgrims who do not possess BSNL connections and those who possess mobiles with pre-paid cards which do not work in the State of Jammu & Kashmir, the Telecom Department has given permission to private operators, in addition to BSNL, to provide the interested pilgrims Pre-paid SIM Cards with a validity of four days. This arrangement has materialized after the Chairman of the Board took up the matter with the Union Communication Ministry.
Providing details, the Chief Executive Officer of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said that such SIM Cards will be made available only to the registered pilgrims at special counters being set up at the Nunwan and Baltal Yatra Base Camps. These cards will be operative only for four days, to cover the pilgrim’s journey to the Cave Shrine, from either route, and will automatically deactivate thereafter.
Pilgrims who are interested in obtaining the pre-paid connection must produce the counterfoil of the Yatra Registration Slip as well as proof of identity, address and UID card at the special counters.