Trained to serve in high-altitude areas and natural disaster-hit regions, professional rescue teams of J&K Police will be deployed en route to Amarnath in south Kashmir's Anantnag district for the forthcoming annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine, officials said on Tuesday.
To ensure uninterrupted telecom network during the Amarnath Yatra, the Home Ministry has taken a series of steps that include augmentation of mobile connectivity and making available satellite phones in designated places.
A series of guidelines have been issued to pilgrims undertaking the Amarnath Yatra this year, including asking women not to wear sarees while trekking, by the shrine board which organises the two-month long pilgrimage.
Congress on Tuesday staged a walkout from Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council after its resolution demanding grant of land for building permanent infrastructure for annual Amarnath yatra was rejected.
With a clear overnight sky, minimum temperatures dropped across most places in Kashmir even as the weather department on Friday predicted rain and snow in some parts of the Valley from Saturday, owing to a likely effect of Western Disturbance here.
There was some relief from intense cold for the residents of Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir on Sunday as the minimum temperatures rose to stay above the freezing point - a day before there are chances of widespread rainfall and snow.
Temperature rose marginally in most parts of North India as Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan experienced a pleasant and sunny day on Monday but the winter chill prevailed in Kashmir Valley and higher parts of Uttarakhand which received another spell of snowfall.
Cold wave tightened its grip in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region as the night temperatures at most places slipped further below the freezing point with Kargil shivering at the season's lowest of minus 10 degrees Celsius.
Lauding the efforts of various agencies and local stakeholders for the successful conduct of the annual Amarnath yatra, Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra has asked Shri Amarnatji Shrine Board (SASB) to prepare camp-wise and route-wise action plans, focusing on medicare and environment protection, for the next year`s pilgrimage.