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Hold back unfit pilgrims: Board to docs

The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board on Saturday directed the doctors posted on the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal leading to the cave shrine to detain unfit pilgrims from going to the pilgrimage.

india Updated: Jul 29, 2012 00:33 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board on Saturday directed the doctors posted on the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal leading to the cave shrine to detain unfit pilgrims from going to the pilgrimage.


"The doctors' in-charge of medical aid centres should detain any pilgrim unfit to move on the tracks and should move the pilgrim to the base camps or to the district hospitals," said the direction issued by shrine board chairman NN Vohra, who is also governor of the state.

The direction has come in the backdrop of a series of ground reporting by Hindustan Times since July 25 highlighting how unfit and unregistered pilgrims were making their way up to the shrine under the nose of board officials.

The board has now asked the police personnel, manning the control gates, "not to allow anyone who appeared to be sick or unwell or does not possess a valid health certificate."

In the advisory, the board has said, "No person who has any medical or orthopaedic ailment, or any breathing, chest or heart problem should even think of undertaking this arduous yatra, which involves climbing up to nearly 14,000 feet. Besides, inclement weather also poses challenges for the pilgrims."

The board has asked pilgrims complaining of unease to seek medical assistance from nearby camp set up on the routes. "Every pilgrim, even those in good physical condition, must carry glucose, Disprin, Iodex, etc," stressed the board advisory.

At least 6.05 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine.

"This year 5.08 lakh pilgrims had secured registration up to July 27 as against 2. 59 lakh pilgrims during the entire Yatra period of 2011 in which 6.35 lakh pilgrims had paid obeisance," said board spokesman. The board claims that 99,536 pilgrims secured on-spot registration till Friday evening.