Amarnath Yatra suspended from base camps due to slippery tracks


Srinagar, Jul 17: Yatra was suspended on Tuesday due to slippery track following overnight rain from Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where over 1.97 lakh yatris had paid obeisance till Monday night since the commencement of the 60-day-long pilgrimage from June 28.
However, helicopter service from base camps to holy cave resumed this morning after major improvement in the weather conditions.
No pilgrim was allowed from Baltal or Nunwan Pahalgam base camps Tuesday morning as a precautionary measure following slippery track due to rain during the night, official sources said.
They said yatris will be allowed only when a green signal is received from officials posted at different places that track has become safe for undertaking the foot journey.
An official spokesman said that pilgrims who had night halt in the camps near the cave shrine are paying obeisance at the cave shrine since early this morning.
He said on the 19th day yesterday 10067 yatris, including women and sadhus paid obeisance at the cave shrine.
Till late last night 1,97,442 Yatris had the darshan of the Shivling at the Holy Cave. Majority of the pilgrims had since returned to their homes after darshan.
Meanwhile, a Teli medicine node has been installed at Panjtarni on traditional Pahalgam route to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, for pilgrims.
A Public Relations Officer (PRO) of S K Institute of Medical Science said that SKIMS, Director Health Service, Kashmir, in collaboration with ISRO, Ahmadabad has installed one Teli medicine node at Panjtarni for Amarnath yatris.
This is first time that Telemedicine facility is being provided to the Yatiris at Panjtarni which is connected to SKIMS & PGI Chandigarh. This facility will provide the Yatiris quick access in need of medical emergency.