In view of the significant number of unregistered pilgrims and pilgrims who have arrived ahead of their scheduled date of Yatra, the Divisional Administration Kashmir, in coordination with the Shrine Board, J&K Bank, and Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir, have established seven counters each at Pantha Chowk, Srinagar, and Tourist Reception Centre (TRC), Nowgam, Srinagar, to facilitate such Yatris to obtain registration before they can proceed to the Yatra Base Camps. This facility is in addition to the Current Registration arrangement available to Yatris at various locations in Jammu i.e. Vaishnavi Dham, Saraswati Dham, Jammu Haat and Ram Mandir.
As per a statement Navin K Choudhary, CEO, SASB has informed that all Yatris have been advised to obtain registration for the date on which they wish to undertake the Yatra beforehand to avoid unnecessary difficulties and inconvenience to themselves as well as the Administration.
The CEO has further reiterated that the Yatris, in their own best interest, should cooperate with the Yatra Administration and should not reach Base Camps without first obtaining registration. In addition, they have been asked “to reach the Base Camps only a day before they are scheduled to undertake the Yatra. If they have arrived without registration or ahead of their date of registration, they should obtain Current Registration from the counters established at Jammu and Srinagar.”
On Saturday 6132 Yatris left Baltal and 4409 Yatris left Pahalgam for the Holy Shrine. Today, the final darshan figure was 11530. The weather in the morning was cloudy and there were few spells of rain in the Yatra area. However, in the afternoon, the weather remained clear in most of the Yatra area. The Yatris were stopped for brief periods at the Access Control Gates at Chandanwari and Baltal when there were strong showers.
Meanwhile in Jammu, in connection with the ongoing Shri AmarNath Ji Yatra and for the convenience of the pilgrims the Motor Vehicles Department and the Auto Rickshaw Unions today started pre-paid Auto Rickshaw booths at four major points of the city viz. ISBT, Narwal, Bhagwati Nagar, Railway Station Jammu and general Bus Stand Jammu.
The pre-paid booths have been started where the passengers can hire the vehicles on point to point rates which already stand rationalized by the Motor Vehicles Department and displayed prominently on the pre-paid Auto Rickshaw booths. This is being done with a view that the pilgrims of the city are not overcharged.