Amarnathji Yatra: Registration of pilgrims to begin on April 1

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Arrangements at Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas reviewed

STATE TIMES NEWS

JAMMU: The registration of pilgrims for Shri Amarnathji Yatra is all set to commence on April 1, 2021, from both Baltal and Chandanwari routes through 446 designated Bank branches across the country, which include 316 branches of Punjab National Bank, 90 of Jammu & Kashmir Bank and 40 branches of YES Bank.
This year’s 56 days Yatra shall commence simultaneously on both the routes from 28th June, 2021 and culminate on Raksha Bandhan, the 22nd August, 2021.
Nitishwar Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board on Saturday said that the step-by-step procedure, application form and state-wise list of bank branches with complete addresses is available at Shrine Board’s website.
The CEO said that for ensuring against fraudulent health certificates, only such certificates which are issued by doctors / Medical Institutes authorized by the concerned State Government / UT Administrations shall be accepted at the Registered Bank Branches. For Yatra 2021, only those health certificates which have been issued after 15th March, 2021 shall be valid. The steps which yatris need to follow in order to register for the Yatra, have been put on the Board’s website www.shriamarnathjishrine.com. It also contains relevant information on how to reach the Base Camps, fee for yatra registration, tariff for ponies, palanquin and porters.
The CEO further informed that persons under the age of 13 years or above the age of 75 years and ladies who are more than six weeks pregnant would not be registered for this year’s yatra.
The CEO also informed that the Yatra Permits would be different for each day of the week and route, with a different colour coding for each day to facilitate the police personnel deployed at the Access Control Gates at Baltal and Chandanwari to regulate the Yatra for the relevant date and route. In this context, he cautioned the intending pilgrims against undertaking this arduous yatra without securing a Yatra Permit and the required Compulsory Health Certificate.
Nitishwar Kumar stressed that, for ensuring effective security arrangements along the difficult tracks, only those yatris who are in possession of a Yatra Permit which is valid for a specified date and route, will be allowed to proceed beyond the Base Camps, and cross the entry gates at Domel and Chandanwari.
He appealed to all intending yatris to complete the necessary formalities for registration in advance and timely obtain a Yatra Permit, in their own interest, so that they do not face any inconvenience when they embark on their yatra.
Yatris who propose to travel by helicopter do not require advance registration as their helicopter tickets shall suffice for this purpose. However, they shall be required to produce the Compulsory Health Certificate (CHC) in the prescribed format issued by an authorized doctor, before they are allowed to travel by helicopter.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Anshul Garg this afternoon reviewed the arrangements being put in place here at Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas for comfortable stay of pilgrims during Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2021.
The DC reviewed the status of the available facilities like power, drinking water, sanitation, transport, security, barricading, mobile toilets, clock rooms, langar arrangements, parking facility, PAS and related services.
The concerned officers apprised the Deputy Commissioner that Yatri Niwas has 13 halls with the capacity of catering to around 1500 yatris at a time with attached bathrooms and other facilities.
The Deputy Commissioner emphasized upon the officers to increase the per day accommodation capacity from current two thousand to five thousand.
Regarding this, the DC was informed that a hall of 7000 sq/ft having a capacity of accommodating 500 yatris would be constructed at an estimated cost of 174 lakhs by the Tourism department.
In addition to this, the DC directed the officers of PWD (R&B) to develop a shed over 40 -Kanal adjoining vacant land to house additional three thousand yatris with all the basic facilities like power and water supply, mobile toilets, charging points etc.
Laying emphasis on sanitation, Anshul Garg directed the concerned officers to keep the surroundings of Yatri Niwas and other places identified for housing the pilgrims clean and green.
About the health-care facility, the DC was informed by the health department that adequate number of teams of doctors and other para-medical staff would be deputed at Yatri Niwas, which will perform their duties round the clock.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner along with other senior functionaries of various departments took round of the Yatri Niwas and reviewed the arrangements made by the administration for the convenience of the pilgrims.
He directed the concerned officers to gear up men and machinery to ensure adequate arrangements for the comfortable stay and onward journey of Yatris. He asked the concerned departments to make sure that the pilgrims do not face any hardship on account of basic amenities.
Senior officers from PHE, PDD, Security, JMC, Health, Information and Tourism departments were present in the meeting.