In the wake of pilgrims death during the annual Amarnath yatra,the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board(SASB) on Saturday directed doctors posted on the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal to detain unfit pilgrims from taking on the pilgrimage.
The fresh directions by the state governor and SASB chairman NN Vohra, has come in the backdrop of a series of ground reporting by Hindustan Times since July 25, highlighting how unfit and unregistered pilgrims were taking the yatra under the nose of board officials.
The board has now ordered the police personnel, manning the control gates to restrict pilgrims appearing unwell or people with invalid health certificates to cross the barrier.
In the fresh advisory, the board has said, "No person who has any medical or orthopaedic ailment, or any breathing, chest or heart problem should undertake the arduous yatra, which involves climbing up to nearly 14,000 feet. Besides, inclement weather also poses challenges for the pilgrims."
The board has also asked pilgrims complaining of unease to seek medical assistance from nearby camps. "Every pilgrim, even those in good physical condition, must carry glucose, Disprin, Iodex, etc," stressed the board advisory.
Till date nearly 6.05 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the holy shrine. The board claimed that 99, 536 pilgrims had registered on the spot till Friday evening.