'Number of pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra as per SC directives'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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  • Updated: May 10, 2013 21:36 IST

Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra has directed for strict implementation of Supreme Court guidelines for this year’s Amarnath Yatra particularly restricting the daily number of pilgrims to 7500, for each route.

A government spokesman said that the Governor chaired a meeting at Raj Bhawan to discuss Security and Access Control related arrangements for the Yatra, scheduled from June 28, simultaneously from the Baltal and Chandanwari routes.

“The Governor, who is the Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, stressed the need to effectively maintain close coordination among the functionaries of all the concerned State Government Civil and Police Departments, Army, Central Police Organizations, the Shrine Board, and all other concerned agencies for ensuring that all the required security related arrangements are timely put in position,” the spokesman informed.

The official said that board CEO, Navin K Choudhary made a presentation at the meeting, particularly to inform the officers of the police, security forces and army about the directions passed on 13th December 2012 and 18th April 2013 by the apex court in a suo moto writ petition relating to the yatra.

He informed the meeting that a total of 7500 pilgrims would be allowed per day per route and, as per the decision; no unregistered pilgrims would be allowed to cross the Access Control Gates.

“The Governor directed DGP and divisional administration to put effective regulatory mechanisms in place to ensure that only those Yatris who possessed valid Yatra Permits were allowed to undertake the Yatra on the date and by the route for which they had procured Yatra Permits,” said the spokesman.

The meeting held detailed discussions in regard to issues relating to the general security scenario of the State, enforcement of an effective Access Control System at yatra Base Camps, regulation of flow of yatris across Access Control Gates at Baltal and Chandanwari, and monitoring the onward movement of registered yatris towards the holy cave.

The Governor also directed the divisional commissioner, Kashmir, to undertake a thorough review of all required arrangements to promptly meet any arising disaster situation and evolve a detailed Standard Operating Procedure which would be followed by all stakeholders, including the District Administration and Security Forces.


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