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Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims safe: Uttarakhand govt

india Updated: Jun 09, 2009 14:37 IST

The first batch of 47 Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims is nearing Tibet and is "safe", Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Prakash Pant said on Tuesday.

"All our pilgrims are safe," Pant told PTI.

The batch crossed the 16,500-feet-high Lipulekh pass on Tuesday morning on its way to the

pilgrimage site in Tibet, he said.

The pilgrims will shortly reach Taklakot, the first camp in Tibet. A total of 16 batches have

been planned this year for the Kailash Mansarovar yatra.

Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), the nodal agency that conducts the yatra and the

Pithoragarh district administration have made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of

yatra, Pant said.

He said adequate security personnel have been deployed along the yatra route and satellite

phones installed at the five yatra camps.

The yatra is expected to culminate by the end of September this year.