Srinagar: Over 11,000 pilgrims today left
for the holy cave shrine of Amarnath from the twin routes as
the annual Amarnath yatra entered its second day.
"As many as 11,209 yatris left for darshan of the 3,888
metre cave shrine of Lord Shiva from the traditional routes of
Nunwan-Pahalgam and Baltal-Sonamarg," an official spokesman of
the organising committee said.
Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister for Medical
Education, R S Chib, Minister for Revenue, Relief and
Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla and adviser to Chief Minister,
Mubarak Gul visited the base camps to monitor the arrangements
made for the devotees, the spokesman added.
The team took stock of the arrangement and facilities
provided by the government and also reviewed the medical
facilities being provided to the yatris in both the base
Meanwhile Minister for Roads and Buildings, G M Saroori
and Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution,
Qamar Ali Akhoon convened a series of meetings at Batote,
Ramban and Banihal to review the arrangements being made
available to the devotees en route.
Around 7000 yatris had left for the arduous journey
yesterday. As many as 2.75 lakh pilgrims have been registered
so far across the country. The yatra would conclude on August
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had yesterday asked his
entire team of ministers to fan out to various parts of the
state, including trouble-torn North and South Kashmir, besides
posting senior ministers including Abdul Rahim Rather in Jammu
to oversee the arrangements in the temple city for Amarnath
The Central government has
provided around 8,500 paramilitary force personnel to ensure
fool-proof security during the two-month-long Yatra.
The security personnel have been deployed along the
entire route to the cave shrine of Lord Shiva at a height of
3,888 metres in the south Kashmir Himalayas.
"We have provided enough securitymen for peaceful
completion of the pilgrimage," a Home Ministry official said.