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Press Trust Of India
Srinagar, July 03, 2013
In view of the Uttarakhand tragedy, Jammu and Kashmir government said on Wednesday it will not allow any unregistered pilgrim visit Amarnath and Vaishnodevi shrines.


"Whether it is Amarnathji or Vaishnodeviji, we are not going to give uncontrolled access. So what happened in Uttarakhand cannot happen here. Still, we are taking all necessary precautions," chief minister Omar Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Srinagar.

The chief minister said the Uttarakhand situation cannot be compared to the ongoing Amarnath yatra in Kashmir as access control system is being implemented in letter and spirit.

"In Uttarakhand, people had full liberty to go wherever they wanted. Here we have an access control system and for the first time, we have sent back 15,000 unregistered pilgrims," he said.

Omar said during the past several years, the unregistered pilgrims would reach the shrines in Kashmir, raise hue and cry and they would be allowed to proceed for the yatra.

"This year, after what happened in Uttarakhand, we have decided we will not allow any unregistered pilgrims as they come without health checks and there is no control over them as well," he said.

The chief minister said the pilgrims are welcome to the state, but they should follow the procedure laid down by the authorities.

"I want to tell the intending pilgrims not to come here without registration. We have opened a counter in Srinagar. If they want to go for yatra, they should get themselves registered and then only proceed," he added.