Srinagar: Work on clearance of tracks to the cave shrine of Amarnath has begun ahead of the start of the annual pilgrimage on July one, a senior official said Thursday.
"Work on road clearance from traditional Pahalgam and shortest Baltal route to the Amarnath cave shrine is going on war footing, besides putting in place all the logistical and security arrangements and other facilities at the camps enroute the holy cave for the yatra, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) R K Goyal said.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, who is also the Chairman of SASB, is personally monitoring all the arrangements every day, Goyal said, adding he is also
scheduled to visit the base camps at Nunwan in Pahalgam and Baltal, and other camps enroute the cave in the next few days to review the arrangements of the yatra.
Meanwhile, Goyal said that as per the state government order issued on June 8 the vehicles carrying pilgrims for the yatra would be charged an entry tax of Rs 2,000.
The entry tax will be paid by the vehicles once only. The annual pilgrimage to 3,888 meter high Amarnath cave in south Kashmir Himalayas in Jammu and Kashmir will
begin from July 1 and conclude on August 24, the day of Sharvan Purnima.