Pahalgam Route to Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2014 opens from 2nd July 2014
Jammu (J&K), June 30, 2014 - At a high level meeting, chaired by Hon’ble Governor, Jammu & Kashmir, who is also the Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), held today at Raj Bhavan, it was decided that the Pahalgam-Chandanwari route shall be opened for the Amarnathji Yatra from Wednesday the 2nd July 2014.
The meeting was attended by Shri K. Rajendra, Director General Police; Shri R.K. Gupta, CEO, SASB; Shri Shailendra Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Shri A. G. Mir, IGP, Kashmir; and Shri Preet Pal Singh, Additional CEO, SASB.
The Governor was briefed by the CEO about the Yatra related arrangements along the Pahalgam route, track condition from Sheshnag to Panjtarni, and status of snow clearance at Sheshnag Camp. In view of the snow levels melting in the past four days, it was decided to open the Pahalgam route for the pilgrims from 2nd July 2014.
For the convenience of pilgrims, it was decided that all Yatris who have already obtained registration to travel on the Pahalgam route till 5th of July 2014, shall, if they so wish, have the option of travelling via the Baltal route on the date for which they possess valid registration.
Thereafter, from 6th July 2014 onwards, the Yatris will be allowed to embark on their pilgrimages only as per the specific date and route for which they possess valid Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2014 Permits.
The Governor asked the CEO and Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, to personally monitor and ensure that all required arrangements are in place for the Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2014 to commence from the Pahalgam route from 2nd July 2014 morning.
The CEO was asked to forthwith commence the facility of On-spot Registration of pilgrims who wish to travel by the Pahalgam route. Such registration will be open for the plilgrims to embark on their Yatra via the Pahalgam route only with effect from 6th July 2014 morning. This registration would be done at the Registration Counters which have already been set-up by the Shrine Board at Jammu and Srinagar. The facility for On-spot Registration via the Baltal route has already been opened with effect from 28th June, 2014.
The Shrine Board has provided the facility of On-spot Registration through Registration Counters in Jammu at Vaishnavi Dham, Saraswati Dham, Jammu-Haat and Gita Bhawan and in Srinagar at TRC Nowgam. Where as registration at Gita Bhawan, Jammu, is only for Sadhus. Till date, 2141 pilgrims and Sadhus have registered themselves at these counters to travel to Holy Cave via the Baltal route.
In the meanwhile despite heavy snowfall during the past winters and consequent implications, the number of Yatris paying obeisance at Holy Cave has been steadily increasing with the commencement of Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2014 on 28th June 2014 from Baltal Route.
Today on the 3rd day of the Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 14635 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave, while on 28th and 29th June 8899 and 11182 Yatris respectively had paid their obeisance. Till date, a total of 34,635 Yatris have had the darshan of the Ice lingam at the Holy Cave.