Amarnath yatra: 2.20 lakh registered in a month

Nearly 2.20 lakh pilgrims have been registered in a month for the pilgrimage to the 13,500-feet cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas.

Updated: Jun 16, 2011, 15:29 PM IST

Jammu: Nearly 2.20 lakh pilgrims have
been registered in a month for the pilgrimage to the
13,500-feet cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir
Himalayas.

As many as 2,19,190 lakh pilgrims for Amarnath yatra
have been registered at various registration counters and
online centres across the country, Nodal officer of
Registration Officials and Vice President of Jammu and Kashmir
Bank Abdul Hamid said.
The registration process is going on smoothly without
any problem, he said.

As many as 1,09,018 pilgrims have registered
themselves for pilgrimage to the cave shrine via Baltal route,
while 1,10,172 pilgrims opted for the traditional
Pahalgam-Amaranth route via south Kashmir, he said.

The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) began the
registration process on May 10 for the yatra which will
commence on June 29 and culminate on August 13.

"The registration counters have been set up at 121
designated branches of the J&K Bank, 24 of the YES Bank and
four of the District Cooperative Banks," SASB spokesman.
The Shrine Board, at its meeting on February 18 this
year, has curtailed the period of the annual pilgrimage by 15
days. The yatra will commence simultaneously from Baltal
and Chandanwari routes on June 29 and culminate on August 13.

Traditionally, the yatra used to run for two months
beginning June 15.

There has been no increase in the fee of Rs 15 for
registration either through the counters or the internet, the
spokesman said.

PTI