Staggered Amarnath Yatra Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, 500 Pilgrims Per Day

The Amarnath Yatra is generally held over 42 days (File)

New Delhi:

The Amarnath Yatra will probably be performed in a staggered method this yr, with not more than 500 pilgrims allowed per day, because of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, the federal government stated Wednesday night.

In a high-level assembly at authorities workplaces in North Block in Delhi, it was determined that the yatra to a shrine sacred to devotees of Lord Shiva could be allowed for a fortnight beginning July 21.

“This yr solely 500 pilgrims will probably be allowed in a day and that too in a staggered method,” a senior functionary within the Dwelling Ministry instructed NDTV.

Associated points, similar to routes, had been additionally mentioned within the assembly.

“Solely the 16-kilometre Baltal route will probably be accessible this yr as it’s shorter and you’ll full the yatra in a day,” he stated.

The Pahalgam route won’t be opened as it’s lined in snow.

The yatra, which usually takes place over 42 days, was scheduled to start from June 23 nevertheless it was delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The shortened yatra will see COVID-19 particular SOPs (commonplace working protocols) in place, similar to testing of individuals from outdoors Jammu and Kashmir and social distancing.

Authorities are significantly involved as a result of the signs for COVID-19 an infection and high-altitude illness are nearly similar.

Wednesday’s assembly was attended by Union Ministers G Kishan Reddy and Jitendra Singh and senior Dwelling Ministry officers,

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, in addition to divisional commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir additionally attended, through video convention.

The 2019 Amarnath Yatra was reduce brief following terror threats; these got here forward of the federal government’s contentious determination on Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir particular standing.

In 2018, the Amarnath Yatra was held over 60 days.

In the meantime, pilgrimages to the Vaishnodevi shrine have been suspended until July 31; it’s possible that locals will get first entry when it’s re-opened.

Jammu and Kashmir has reported practically 9,000 confirmed COVID-19 instances thus far, together with 143 deaths linked to the infectious virus.

Wednesday’s assembly additionally reviewed ongoing improvement works within the union territory.

These embody implementation of centrally sponsored schemes, progress in reaching targets below the Prime Minister’s Improvement Bundle 2015, points raised through the outreach efforts by union ministers in January and points associated to implementation of J&Okay Reorganisation Act.

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