The annual Amarnath yatra Monday concluded and Pooja on Shravan Purnima marked the closing of annual pilgrimage.
On the formal closure of the yatra, Governor N.N. Vohra chaired a review meeting with CEO and other concerned officers. CEO informed that 2,60,003 lakh Yatris had paid obeisance at the cave shrine during this year’s 40 days pilgrimage, which had commenced on June 29 along both the Baltal and the Pahalgam routes.
Yatra, Vohra had passed off well except the militant attack on July 10, on a bus carrying pilgrims near Khanabal, in Islamabad district, and the road accident which took place on July 16th in Nachilana area of Banihal in Ramban district.
Vohra, spokesman said expressed sadness over the death of 29 persons in this year’s pilgrimage, within the Yatra area. “Those who lost their lives were pilgrims, service providers and others, of whom 3 died due to accidents and 26 due to medical failures.”
Governor conveyed his heartfelt sympathy to the families of 8 pilgrims who lost their lives in a terrorist attack on a bus carrying pilgrims and to the next of kin of 17 Yatris who were killed in a road accident in Ramban district. He stressed the need for identifying fresh and further measures which could perhaps prevent the loss of precious lives in the future Yatras.
Governor spokesman said directed CEO to ensure that no Camp Director leaves the Camp unless all cleaning work has been fully completed, at all locations, as per the approved Sanitation Action Plan for Yatra 2017.