Vaishno Devi yatra to renew from Monday

Tribune News Service

Jammu, August 14

Despite the rising variety of Covid-19 instances in J&Ok, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) on Friday introduced that the pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine nestled in Trikuta Hills of Reasi district would resume from August 16.

The pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine was suspended on March 18 following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

Shrine Board Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ramesh Kumar mentioned, “During the first week of the resumption of pilgrimage there shall be a ceiling of 2,000 pilgrims per day, including 1,900 from within Jammu and Kashmir and the remaining 100 from outside J&K.”

“The situation will be reviewed thereafter and the decision will be taken accordingly,” mentioned Kumar.

“The pilgrims will be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage after registration through online mode only in order to avoid any assembly at the yatra registration counters,” he added.

Children beneath the age of 10 years, pregnant girls, individuals with comorbidities and individuals above the age of 60 years have been suggested to keep away from the pilgrimage within the curiosity of their very own security.

The CEO mentioned that the yatra would transfer in a unidirectional method.

The conventional route from Katra to Bhawan through Banganga, Adhkuwari and Sanjichhat can be used for going up and Himkoti-Tarakote Marg could be used for getting back from the Bhawan.

“The Covid negative test report of the pilgrims from outside J&K and also from the red zone districts of Jammu and Kashmir will be checked at the helipad and the yatra entry points at Darshani Deodi, Banganga and Katra,” the CEO mentioned, including that “only those with negative reports will be allowed to move towards the Bhawan”.

Ponywallahs, palanquin carriers and pithuwallahs is not going to be allowed to ply on the tracks, initially, Kumar knowledgeable.

Free langar (group kitchen) on Tarakote Marg and Prasad Kendra at Sanjichhat can be opened for the power of pilgrims.

All the supplementary services arrange by the Board, like battery-operated automobiles, passenger ropeway and helicopter providers, will function in strict accordance with the social distancing norms and different precautionary measures.

In order to keep away from congregational gatherings, reserving or sitting of pilgrims within the Atka Aarti space and Shradha Suman Vishesh Pooja wouldn’t be allowed until additional orders, the CEO added.

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