Shri Amarnath Yatra resumes but National Highway remains closed
Srinagar (Kashmir - J&K) July 13: After remaining suspended on 12th July due to rains, Yatra to the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji resumed this morning from Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps.
Fresh batches of pilgrims, including women, children and sadhus, left Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps following improvement in the weather. However, intermittent rain also continued.
Pilgrims, stopped at Nunwan Pahalgam base camp, also started their onward journey to Chandanwari, last motorable halting station on traditional 45-km-long traditional track. .
However the National Highway, connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country, remained closed for the second day today due to landslides at various points because of continued rains. Yatris to Shri Amarnathji Yatra and tourists besides other passengers remained stranded on the highway.
Meanwhile, more than 3,000 vehicles, including those carrying Shri Amarnath pilgrims, who had left Jammu, are stranded at different places on the Highway since yesterday morning. Heavy rains during the past 36 hours triggered landslides and soil erosion on the highway at several places, particularly between Ramban and Ramsu.
Traffic will be resumed following improvement in the weather as well as road condition. Official sources said more than 3000 vehicles, including those carrying pilgrims, were stopped at Udhampur and other places yesterday.
Pilgrims who have railway reservation are worried especially ones who have tight travel schedule. Pilgrims who had returned to base camps after darshan of the Holy Ice Shivlingam in the cave shrine were stopped at Baltal and Pahalgam. Pilgrims might be allowed to move only when the highway is declared open.