Amarnath yatra resumes in Baltal, Pahalgam routes, suspension continues in Udhampur, Ramban

Amarnath yatra resumes in Baltal, Pahalgam routes, suspension continues in Udhampur, Ramban


Amarnath yatra resumes in Baltal, Pahalgam routes, suspension continues in Udhampur, Ramban


Srinagar/Jammu:  Pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas resumed from both shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam routes after remaining suspended in the morning for few hours due to heavy rains. “The pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine has been resumed after improvement in the weather conditions,” official sources told UNI. The yatra was suspended for few hours in the morning due to heavy rains on both the routes. However, they said as the weather improved, yatris were allowed to move towards the holy cave shrine from both the routes. Similarly, they said pilgrims, who paid obeisance and stayed at the holy cave shrine overnight, were also allowed to move towards Baltal base camp. On the first day of the annual yatra, over 6000 pilgrims, braving bad weather yesterday paid obeisance at the holy cave shrine amid tight security. However, the yatra continued to be suspended in Udhampur and Ramban districts due to landslides that triggered after heavy rains. "The highway was closed early this morning due to landslides hit near Balli Nullah in Udhampur and Panthial in Ramban after heavy spell of rains," police spokesperson here said. He said that police and BRO men are on the job to clear the road. Meanwhile, an official at Yatri Niwas -- base camp for Amarnath pilgrims -- here in Jammu said, "No fresh batch today left for the cave shrine and the yatra was suspended today due to blocked highway." "Presently, there are around 1600 registered pilgrims stranded at the base camp who will be allowed for pilgrimage only after road gets through for the traffic," he said. The first batch of yatra was flagged off from Jamuu on June 28 by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh

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