Decision to start Amarnath Yatrafrom scheduled date on June 25

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2014 23:06 IST

Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra will take a final call on starting the annual Amarnath Yatra via Chandanwari-Sheshnag route on June 25.
The yatra is scheduled to start from June 28. The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, which makes arrangement for the yatra, is indecisive due to heavy snow along the track.

The governor, who is also chairman of the board, had said in a meeting that he along with the chief executive officer of the board would visit the holy cave, Panjtarni and Sheshnag camps on June 25 to decided whether the yatra could start without any risk from the Chandanwari-Sheshnag route.

The governor will also visit the base camps at Baltal and Nunwan to review the arrangements.

The traditional Phalgam-Holy cave route is 16-km-long, while the shorter Baltal-Holy cave is 14-km stretch.

CEO RK Gupta, who had also attended the meeting, has been undertaking assessment of the entire yatra route, covering Baltal-holy cave-Panjtarni-Sheshnag-Chandanwari.

According to a statement issued here, the CEO briefed the governor about progress of snow clearance and arrangements being made there. He was also told that while the Baltal-Holy Cave track was largely clear, the final stretch of about a kilometer up to the Shrine was still covered with snow.
The yatris had in the past also trekked on snow on this patch.

The CEO said as such it would be possible to start yatra from the Baltal-Holy cave route on June 28.

The CEO said with regard to the Chandanwari route, the track between the Sheshnag-Wavbal-Mahagunus Top-Poshpatri-Panjtarni was still heavily covered with snow.

The governor was informed that there was about six to eight-feet snow between Poshpatri-Mahagunus Top and Wavbal stretch.

He said the track was not expected to be cleared by June.

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