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Nearly 1.69 lakh pilgrims secure registration for Amarnath yatra
5/15/2018 11:20:02 PM
Early Times Report
Srinagar, May 15 : Undeterred by prevailing situation, 1.69 lakh have secured registration for undertaking the pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalyas from both shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam tracs from June 28.
An official spokesman said here Governor N N Vohra, who is also chairman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB)on Tuesday reviewed arrangements for the forthcoming Yatra at a meeting which was attended by Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor and Chief Executive Officer of the SASB (CEO); Bhupinder Kumar, Additional Chief Executive Officer; R K Pandita, General Manager (Works) SASB and other officers of the Shrine Board.
The Governor reviewed the status of preparations and the action being taken for timely securing the required arrangements for Yatra 2018. The CEO briefed about the item-wise todate position of all arrangements required to be made for the yatra, within and outside the yatra area.
He was also informed that till date nearly 1.39 lakh pilgrims have registered for Yatra 2018, including 2122 under the Group Registration facility and 31 under the category of ex-India pilgrims. It was also informed that till date 28,516 intending pilgrims have availed the facility of online booking of heli-tickets from both the Pahalgam and Baltal routes.
In order to strengthen the efforts already being made to disseminate Yatra related awareness amongst the intending Yatris, the CEO informed him that SMSs containing Health Advisories and "Dos and Don'ts" are being regularly sent through Bulk SMS facility of NIC to ensure that Yatris are better prepared for undertaking the arduous Yatra. In addition, a "Help Line" facility with short code 1364 has been set up, in the Additional CEO's office to answer the queries of Yatris.
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