Due to heavy snow,Amarnathji Yatra rescheduled to June 15: SASB
Filed Under: Media & Tech, World | Posted: 05/26/2009 at 4:28AM
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A Spokesperson of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) on Tuesday said that the Governor,. N. N. Vohra, who is the Chairman of the Shrine Board, took this decision after undertaking an aerial survey on 24th May to personally assess the to-date situation on both the routes and at the Base Camps and after procuring inputs from all concerned agencies about the status of track clearance on both the axis of Pahalgam and Baltal. The Governor had undertaken aerial surveys of the tracks earlier also, on 6th and 8th May, to assess the situation before the earlier schedule of 7th June was finalized.
As a result of the intermittent rains and fresh snow falls on the ridges, especially in the areas adjoining the
To make up for the time lost due to the inclement weather, the efforts to conclude the work on the Pahalgam route have been further stepped up. On the basis of assessments made in the past two days, in consultation with various concerned authorities, it is expected that the ongoing work would be completed only around 3rd – 4th June 2009.
The Spokesperson elaborated that the Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA), which is entrusted with the responsibility of clearing the track from Chandanwari to the
The Spokesperson clarified that the Amarnath Yatra is contingent upon a number of factors such as the timely opening of the traditional route from Chandanwari to the Holy Cave alongside the opening up of the Baltal-Holy Cave route; prior positioning of the Security Forces, the Yatra–related staff of the Board and the staff of the various concerned Government agencies; provision of identified facilities at various locations and, above all, the satisfactory clearance of both the tracks for ensuring the safe and secure passage of the pilgrims.
The Spokesperson also noted that the obtaining law and order situation in
The Spokesperson has advised the intending Yatris to finalize their travel arrangements as per the new schedule of the Yatra. As it is the Board’s responsibility to ensure the safety and comfort of the pilgrims, no one will be allowed to proceed on the tracks to the
It may be recalled that while finalising the details of the helicopter services on the
The Spokesperson further said that the Jammu and Kashmir Bank is being asked to register the intending pilgrims as per the revised schedule of the commencement of the Yatra, from 15th June. While recognizing that the inconvenience caused to such of the pilgrims who have already got themselves registered with the designated branches of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank or on-line for coming the Yatra on any day during 7th June-14th June, the Spokesperson advised the Yatris to timely reschedule their travel arrangements. For this purpose they may please approach the concerned branch of the J&K Bank who would assist in getting them registered afresh for dates within the revised Yatra schedule, as per their convenience. Persons faced with any difficulty may use the Board’s Helpline: 9419024747 (
In view of the re-schedulement of the Yatra, the SASB has requested the Voluntary/Charitable Organisations, who have been permitted by the Board to set up Langars, to reach the Base Camps by 9th June, 2009 so that they can commence their onward movement, to various locations on both the tracks, by 10th June, 2009. The Board has appealed to all concerned voluntary organisations, which have been permitted to establish identified facilities, to see that all the authorized Langars are in place, at all the identified locations, by 12th June, 2009.
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