Amarnath Yatra: 1.5 lakh pilgrims registered in 2 weeks

The yatra is scheduled to commence on June 29 and the registration of the pilgrims started about two weeks ago through internet based e-Registration facility and 149 bank branches spread across various states.

Srinagar: The registration of Amarnath
yatris is going on in full swing and so far over 1.5 lakh
devotees have secured the yatra permits to visit the 3,880-
metre high holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.

The yatra is scheduled to commence on June 29 and the
registration of the pilgrims started about two weeks ago
through internet based e-Registration facility and 149 bank
branches spread across various states.

"In the first 12 days since commencement of
Registration as many as 1,50,961 persons have secured the
Yatra Permits for performing this year`s yatra to the holy
cave shrine of Amarnath, scheduled to commence on June 29,"
Chief Executive Officer of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) RK Goyal said on Sunday.

He said the registration of yatris has been
increasing steadily since May 10 and all the designated bank
branches are witnessing a heavy rush for registration. On an
average during the past 12 days, over 12,500 Yatris have been
availing the registration facility daily.

Of 1,50,961 Yatris registered so far, 78,287 have
opted for the traditional 45-km Pahalgam route in Anantnag
district and 72,674 have secured registration for the shortest
Baltal route in Ganderbal district, Goyal said.

The CEO reiterated his appeal to all the intending
pilgrims to ensure that they embark on the pilgrimage only
after obtaining, in their own interest, a valid Yatra Permit,
through internet based e-Registration facility or from any of
the designated bank branches.

"This would ensure against any avoidable inconvenience
to them on their arrival in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

All the registered pilgrims have been provided free
accident insurance cover of rupees one lakh, said Goyal.

PTI

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