SRINAGAR: Nearly 1.39 lakh pilgrims, which includes 2,122 under the group registration facility and 31 under the ex-India pilgrim category, have registered for the Amarnath yatra beginning June 28.
Around 28,516 intending pilgrims have availed themselves of the facility of online heli-tickets bookings from both Pahalgam and Baltal routes. This information was given to the Governor NN Vohra, who is also the chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, at a meeting held to review the yatra arrangements.
The meeting was attended by Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor and Chief Executive Officer of the shrine board, and other officials.
The Governor reviewed the status of preparations and the action being taken for the timely yatra arrangements.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) briefed the meeting about the item-wise to-date position of the arrangements within and outside the yatra area.
To strengthen the efforts being made to disseminate yatra-related awareness among the intending pilgrims, the CEO said messages containing health advisories and dos and don’ts were being regularly sent through the bulk SMS facility of the NIC to ensure that the pilgrims were better prepared for the arduous yatra.
In addition, a helpline facility with short code 1364 has also been set up in the Additional CEO’s office to answer the queries of the yatris. The short code is easier to remember than phone numbers. The Governor directed the CEO to ensure that the shrine board website was constantly updated with relevant information to facilitate the yatris.
He directed the CEO to ensure that timely action was taken to complete the registration of ponies, ponywallas, dandiwallas and palkiwallas and ensure that no person embarked on the yatra unauthorisedly.
The Governor further directed the CEO to ensure that the Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag and Ganderbal districts timely issued permissions for pitching of tents and shops. The arrangements regarding the provision of safety measures at the Nunwan and Baltal base camps were also reviewed and the CEO was directed to closely monitor the restoration and improvement works being carried out by government agencies.