The annual Yatra to the Amarnath in the Kashmir Himalayas commenced on Friday, on both the Pahalgam and Baltal routes, simultaneously.
N N Vohra, Governor Jammu and Kashmir, who is Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, (SASB) was scheduled to participate in the “pratham darshan and pooja” early today morning and also visit both the Base Camps, at Baltal and Nunwan, to review arrangements but he could not do so as the Helicopter carrying him was not able to go beyond Sonamarg due to bad weather and poor visibility in the morning.
The Governor, who has been daily monitoring arrangements for the Yatra has conveyed the Shrine Board’s thanks to the State Government, Army, Central Para Military Forces, State Police and all the concerned agencies for their support and cooperation. He has reiterated the need for effective supervision and close day to day monitoring by the Camp Directors and all the functionaries involved in the management of the Yatra, for ensuring smooth conduct of the pilgrimage.
Meanwhile, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Minister for Forests, flagged-off from Baltal two Baltal-Panjtarni helicopter services which are being operated by M/s Himalayan Heli Services Pvt. Ltd. and M/s Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd, while Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Minister for Tourism, inaugurated the Pahalgam-Panjtarni helicopter service at Pahalgam being operated by M/s Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd.