‘Yatra No Threat To Environment’

KL Report

Srinagar

Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) Thursday denounced the apprehensions that the arrival of Amarnath Yatris in large numbers would pose Uthrakhand like threat to Kashmir.

In a hurriedly called press conference at Raj Bhavan Srinagar, Chief Executive Officer, SASB, Navin Choudhri said no Uthrakhand like calamity would occur in Kahsmir Valley as the Amarnath Yatra is being organized on scientific lines and all the concerns relating to environment is being taken care off.

He said that SASB is not even allowing ‘Sadhus’ to arrive in Valley without registration. “We have so far sent back at least 15, 000 Yatris who had arrived here without registration. I appeal all these Yatris enter into Valley only the completion of all the formalities,” Navin Choudhri said adding that so far 80,000 Yatris have visited the Amarnath Cave.

He asked yatris to follow regulation in their own interest and directed district administration to ensure that no unregistered yatri takes pilgrimage to the cave shrine.

“Every day 15000 yatris – 7,500 from Pahalgam route and an equal number of pilgrims are taking Baltal route to perform the darshan,” he said adding that so far two Yatri’s died naturally during the Yatra.

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