Snow being cleared for Amarnath pilgrimage

Work to clear snow from the two tracks leading to the Amarnath cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir is expected to be completed before the pilgrimage starts June 29, officials said on Sunday.

Updated: May 29, 2011, 15:24 PM IST

Jammu: Work to clear snow from the two tracks leading to the Amarnath cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir is expected to be completed before the pilgrimage starts June 29, officials said on Sunday.

"There are tonnes of snow all along the routes. It is quite a difficult task this time," an official of the Public Works Department attached with the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board told a news agency.

The board manages the pilgrimage to the shrine located at a height of 3,888 metres above sea level in south Kashmir.

"We are hopeful that by June 25, everything will be in place," board chief executive officer R.K. Goyal said in a statement on Sunday.

He added that the pilgrimage will start June 29 and conclude Aug 13.

Nearly 200,000 devotees have registered for the pilgrimage. More than half a million people visited the shrine last year.

IANS