Jammu || Governor NN Vohra, who is also the Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), presided over an emergent meeting of the shrine board at New Delhi today to particularly discuss among other issues the implementation of the recent directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) with regard to the yatra and to decide the further course of action.
The shrine board deliberated on the NGT’s directions contained in its December 13 and 14 orders in the case titled “Gauri Maulekhi Vs State of J&K and Others”.
The SASB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) informed the board about the issues raised before the NGT and the directions passed in this regard.
After deliberations, the board decided to file a review petition against the NGT’s directions.
While discussing other important yatra-related issues, particularly the date of commencement and duration of the pilgrimage this year, keeping in view its foremost concern to safeguard the safety and security of the pilgrims, the board decided that the 60-day-long yatra would commence on June 28 on Jyestha Purnima as per the Hindu calendar. It will conclude as per the tradition on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on August 26.
The SASB further directed the CEO to repeatedly publicise through the electronic and print media and advise the intending pilgrims to timely secure the prescribed compulsory health certificates, issued by the doctors and hospitals nominated by the state or Union Territories in which they reside and then proceed to seek advance registration from the nearest designated bank. The bank will issue the pilgrim a yatra permit which shall be valid for the specified date and route.
The board directed the CEO to take timely steps for ensuring uninterrupted telecom connectivity in the yatra area during the pilgrimage.
The board reviewed the action plan for the yatra, particularly medical care, sanitation facilities, installation of railings at all vulnerable points along the two routes, measures to preserve the environment of the yatra area by ensuring removal of garbage in a scientific and environment-friendly manner. The Chairman directed the CEO to ensure that all arrangements were in place well before the yatra started.
15,000 pilgrims to be allowed daily
7,500 yatris will be allowed through each of the two routes per day. This excludes the yatris who will travel by helicopters
People can register through Punjab National Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank and YES Bank, in 32 states and UTs. The registration starts from March 1
People below 13 years and above 75 years not permitted to undertake the pilgrimage