Srinagar: Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB)
today decided to establish a new base camp at 3,657 meter
high Panjtarni, six km short of the holy cave shrine.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, who is Chairman of
SASB, today flew to Panjtarni, 140 kms from here, and held
discussions with officials on arrangements required at the new
base camp, a board spokesman said.
He went around the Panjtarni Camp, which is still under
fairly heavy snow, and issued instructions to Chief Executive
Officer of the Board R K Goyal and all other concerned
officers to timely ensure the arrangements.
The yatra to the cave shrine situated in South Kashmir
Himalayas is scheduled to commence from July one.
Vohra also went to Baltal,the shortest route to the cave,
and took stock of various infrastructural and logistical
facilities being provided for the upcoming Amarnath yatra.
The Governor undertook an aerial reconnaissance of the
track (from Panjtarni to Baltal) to assess the status of
snowmelt and the likely time required for making this route to
the holy cave fully functional.
He held detailed discussions with Deputy Commissioner and
SSP Ganderbal and other officers of the district
administration for completing all yatra-related arrangements
by 20th of this month.
The yatra this year will begin from Baltal and Pahalgam on
July one and conclude on Raksha Bandhan on 24th August.
The registration of the yatris for the pilgrimage is
scheduled to commence on 5th June.