The chief executive officer (CEO) of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) Navin K Choudhary has yet again cautioned all intending pilgrims against reaching Baltal and Pahalgam without a valid registration permit, else they would face unavoidable difficulties and inconvenience.
The CEO further said that this year the shrine board had opened 422 registration counters across the country, against 174 last year. Also, this year the registration was commenced three months in advance of the yatra to ensure that all those who intended to take the yatra could register themselves.
The CEO stated that any yatri who arrives in Jammu without registration should proceed to Vaishnavi Dham and Saraswati Dham at Railhead Jammu and Jammu Haat in the Jammu city for registration, after obtaining a compulsory health certificate from a notified doctor/medical institution. Those yatris who reach Srinagar without registration should go to the tourist reception centre (TRC) to register themselves after obtaining the compulsory health certificate.
The CEO further stated that as per the SHPC recommendation, which has been endorsed by the Supreme Court, the district administration could stop all those yatris who attempt to undertake the yatra without registration. "To avoid any unpleasant situation or inconvenience, the pilgrims are advised to obtain registration permits and undertake the yatra only on the date and the route for which they have been registered," the CEO said.