Despite inclement weather, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has put in place all the arrangements for the commencement of this year's pilgrimage from here to the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.
"All the arrangements have been put in place for the commencement of the yatra from tomorrow," chief executive officer of the SASB Naveen K Chaudhury told PTI.
Chaudhury, who has been monitoring the preparations for the past two months, said the snow clearance on both traditional Pahalgam and Baltal routes has been completed.
The yatra will be opened formally tomorrow with Governor NN Vohra, who is also chairman of the SASB, performing the Pooja at the cave shrine.
The first batch of pilgrims from Jammu left today morning for Pahalgam base-camp and would reach there in the evening.
In the previous years, the authorities would allow pilgrims to proceed towards the cave a fortnight ahead of the scheduled commencement of the yatra. However, this year no pilgrim has been allowed to do so in view of the inclement weather, which resulted in delayed snow clearance.
The weather may still play a spoil sport as it has been raining intermittently along both Pahalgam and Baltal routes since yesterday.
Yatra control rooms have been established in Nunwan and Baltal base camp and the pilgrims will only be allowed to proceed towards the cave shrine after obtaining the latest weather update from the meteorological stations set up at the base camps.
Langars (community kitchens) have been set up at both Baltal and Nunwan base camps and at all halting stations.
Stringent security arrangements have been made to ensure that the yatra is peaceful. New security measures have been introduced this year which includes installation of CCTV cameras and X-ray machines for checking the baggage of pilgrims and tourists visiting this south Kashmir resort.