Registration for the upcoming annual pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir goes to start out from April 1, an official stated on Saturday.
The 56-day yatra to the three,880-metre-high shrine is scheduled to start out from the dual routes of Pahalgam and Baltal on June 28 and culminate on August 22.
In a gathering earlier this month, officers had stated that each one COVID-19 protocols are in place and customary working procedures issued by the federal government will likely be adopted.
“The registration will start from April 1 for both the routes through 446 designated bank branches of the Punjab National Bank (316), the Jammu and Kashmir Bank (90) and the YES Bank (40), all over the country,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Sri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) Nitishwar Kumar stated.
He stated that particulars in regards to the process for registration, software type and state-wise listing of financial institution branches with full addresses can be found on the board’s web site.
The CEO stated that solely well being certificates which can be issued by medical doctors or medical institutes authorised by state governments or union territory administrations will likely be accepted on the registered financial institution branches.
The certificates are necessary because the shrine is at a really high-altitude and the journey is arduous.
“For the Yatra-2021, only those health certificates which have been issued after March 15 shall be valid. The steps which yatris (pilgrims) need to follow in order to register for the yatra (pilgrimage), have been put on the board’s website,” Mr Kumar stated.
He added that it additionally accommodates related data on the way to attain the bottom camps, price for registration, tariff for ponies, palanquin and porters.
Mr Kumar stated individuals underneath the age of 13 years or above the age of 75 years and ladies who’re greater than six weeks pregnant wouldn’t be registered for this yr”s yatra as per COVID-19 norms.
He stated permits for the yatra can be completely different for every day of the week and routes. Different color code for every day will likely be used to facilitate police personnel deployed on the entry management gates at Baltal in Ganderbal district and Chandanwari-Pahalgam in Anantnag district to control the yatra for the related date and route, the CEO stated.
In this context, he cautioned pilgrims towards enterprise this arduous yatra with out securing a allow and the required obligatory well being certificates.
Mr Kumar confused that, for guaranteeing efficient safety preparations alongside the troublesome tracks, solely these yatris who’re in possession of a allow which is legitimate for a specified date and route, will likely be allowed to proceed past the bottom camps, and cross the entry gates.
He appealed to pilgrims to finish mandatory formalities for registration prematurely and acquire a allow in order that they don’t face any inconvenience.
Pilgrims who suggest to journey by helicopter don’t require advance registration as their tickets will suffice for this objective, Kumat stated.
However, Mr Kumar stated they’d be required to provide the obligatory well being certificates issued by an authorised physician within the prescribed formatbefore they’re allowed to journey by helicopter.
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