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Vohra directs early clearance of snow along Amarnath routes

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jammu , June 09, 2014
First Published: 20:42 IST(9/6/2014) | Last Updated: 20:44 IST(9/6/2014)

Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra has directed officials to restore the snow-laden routes to Amarnath Shrine, which has already been delayed, at the earliest in view of the yatra that commences from June 28.

The governor, who is also the chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, asked Rakesh Kumar Gupta, chief executive officer of the board, to undertake reconnaissance of the Baltal-Panjtarni track on June 10-11th and of the Chandanwari-Sheshnag route on June 12-13.

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

The governor had undertaken reconnaissance of the Chandanwari and Baltal routes on May 21 and May 28.

The governor's directions came after he was apprised of the difficulties being faced in clearing snow along the track. There is still heavy accumulation of snow on both the tracks, at the cave, and at Yatra camps in Sheshnag and Panjtarni.

The chairman will undertake reconnaissance of the entire yatra area along with the board CEO.

The Yatra is scheduled to culminate on August 10.

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