July 1, 2014 12:34:54 pm
BY: ADIL AKHZER
The traditional route of Pahalgam-Chandawanwi to Amarnath cave in south Kashmir will be opened for Yatra from Wednesday. The Pahalgam route was earlier closed by Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) officials citing track as not safe for the piligrims due to presence of heavy snow.
The yatra is currently underway only from the Baltal route, which is considered the shortest trek to the holy cave.
Officials said that the decision to open the Pahalgam track was taken on Monday at a high level meeting chaired by Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, N N Vohra, who is also the chairman of SASB.
“In view of the snow melt in the past four days and based on our information that the track is now appropriate for the pilgrimage, from tomorrow (Wednesday) the route would be thrown open for pilgrimage,” R K Gupta, CEO Shrine Board told The Indian Express.
“We have deployed rescue teams at various places on the track, so that there would be no inconvenience to the pilgrims.” He added.
The Amarnath yatra has two treks, the traditional Pahalgam route and the shortest Baltal trek. Most often, the pilgrims chose the Baltal, which is 14 km from the base camp. The other trek of Pahalgam, which passes via 14500 feet high Mahagunus Pass to the cave, is approximately 30 km from the base camp.
According to officials, on-the-spot registration for the pilgrims will be available from July 6.
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