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Shri Amarnath Yatra 2018 crosses one lakh

Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), July 09, 2018 - imageOn the 12th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 9,606 pilgrims paid obeisance at Holy Cave and till date, 1,04,018 pilgrims have performed Darshan at the Holy Cave Shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas. During the initial eleven days since the start of the Shri Amarnath Yatra, the movement of pilgrims from Jammu to Kashmir Valley was suspended on three occasions due to rains and slippery track conditions on both the Yatra routes and landslides and shooting stones between Railpathri and Brarimarg which resulted in accumulation of a large number of pilgrims/ Yatris at Baltal and Nunwan Base Camps. The movement of Yatris was aso stopped from Jammu to the Base Camp of Baltal and Nunwan because of security concerns.

Governor Jammu & Kashmir who is also Chairman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, informed that keeping in view the safety of the Yatris, Shri Amarnathji Yatra remained totally suspended on three occasions i.e. 30thJune, 4thJuly, and 5th July from both Baltal as well as Pahalgam routes and remained suspended twice from Baltal route on 29th June, and 6th July because of landslides, slippery tracks and shooting stones caused by incessant rainfall.

It is relevant to observe that Shri Amarnath Shrine Board officials have been interacting daily with all the agencies engaged in the conduct of Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2018 and particularly inquiring about the arrangements at all the Yatra camps. Officials deployed on various stretches of the Yatra track are playing a crucial role in assisting the safe movement of Yatris in the vulnerable landslide and falling stone areas, particularly between Brarimarg and Railpathri. SMS messages to the registered Yatris are being sent to make them aware about the arduous nature of Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2018 and, from today, messages in Hindi have also been forwarded to the Yatris cautioning them to be careful of shooting stones while moving on the Track.

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