Srinagar: More than 2.50 lakh pilgrims have registered themselves for the forthcoming Amarnath yatra to the holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.
The number of pilgrims registered till last evening was 2.55 lakh. The quota for registration through online service as well as at 47 branches of J&K Bank has been exhausted, Chief Executive Officer of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) NK Chaudhury said.
Chaudhury was briefing a meeting yesterday chaired by Governor NN Vohra, who is also chairman of the SASB, for reviewing arrangements for the annual pilgrimage scheduled to begin from June 25.
The Board decided to release additional quota for registration through those J&K Bank branches where the earlier allotted quota has been exhausted, a spokesman of the SASB said.
"Additional quota for online registration through the website of Jammu and Kashmir Bank has also been made available," he said.
Meanwhile, fresh snowfall in upper reaches and rains in the plains have hampered the track clearance work.
Expressing concern over the inclement weather forecast for the next week, the Governor directed the CEO to ensure that additional manpower is deployed to complete all tasks on a war-footing.
In a separate meeting, Vohra discussed the security arrangements and deployment of police officers for the coming Yatra with the acting DGP K Rajendra Kumar.