Staggered Amarnath Yatra Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, 500 Pilgrims Per Day: The Amarnath Yatra is often held over 42 days (File)

Staggered Amarnath Yatra Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, 500 Pilgrims Per Day

New Delhi:

The Amarnath Yatra might be performed in a staggered method this yr, with not more than 500 pilgrims allowed per day, on account of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, the federal government mentioned Wednesday night.

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

“This yr solely 500 pilgrims might be allowed in a day and that too in a staggered method,” a senior functionary within the Residence Ministry informed NDTV.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday’s assembly was attended by Union Ministers G Kishan Reddy and Jitendra Singh and senior Residence 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 minimize brief following terror threats; these got here forward of the federal government’s contentious choice 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 seemingly that locals will get first entry when it’s re-opened.

Jammu and Kashmir has reported almost 9,000 confirmed COVID-19 circumstances to this point, 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 underneath the Prime Minister’s Growth 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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