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JAMMU: The Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir was on Thursday suspended from Jammu due to inclement weather.
No pilgrim has departed the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas for the Cave Shrine, Additional District Magistrate Jammu Arun Manhas said.
“Due to inclement weather the Amarnath Yatra from the Base Camp Yatri Niwas (at Bhagwatinagar) via both the Baltal and Pahalgam routes will remain suspended,” he said.
However, a batch of 1,798 pilgrims, who were stopped at Udhampur from leaving for the Pahalgam Base Camp in view of the inclement weather conditions, was allowed to move to Pahalgam today, a police official said.
Three pilgrims and a helper were killed and seven others injured in landslide that hit the Brarimarg-Railpathri stretch of the trek from Baltal to the Cave Shrine on July 3.
The Yatra via both Baltal as well as the Pahalgam routes remained suspended yesterday because of landslides and shooting stones between Railpathri and Brarimarg.
However, limited helicopter services functioned from both the routes.
On the seventh day of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, 5,919 Yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave.
An official spokesperson said that in view of the incidence of falling stones, landslides and accumulation of Yatris at both the Base Camps, Nunwan and Baltal, CEO Shrine Board announced the decision to halt the Yatra convoy due to arrive from Jammu on Friday and advised Yatris to make their plans accordingly.
In view of the large number of Yatris who are held up at Baltal, Nunwan, Sheshnag and Panjtarni Camps because of bad weather, falling stones etc Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of the Shrine Board shall be visiting these camps on Friday, cancelling his earlier scheduled visit to Jammu.
Till date, 60,752 Yatris have paid obeisance at the Shivling at the Holy cave, the spokesperson said.
A total of 27,426 pilgrims have left the Jammu Base Camp for their onward journey to the Amarnath Shrine.
The 60-day Yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26, which is coinciding with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Dr. Piyush Singla along with SSP Ganderbal Fayaz Ahmad took tour of Baltal Camp and reviewed the latest positioning of all departments with respect to incessant rains.
To have a firsthand experience of track status and to monitor rescue operations, both went personally on the track and conducted inspection.
R&B Deptt was directed to do necessary restoration work besides clearing of landslide muck at the earliest. DC directed sanitation staff to ensure highest standards of sanitation in base camp. He also visited Baltal Base Hospital to review medical response facilities in place.
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