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Jammu and Kashmir: Amarnath Yatra on both Pahalgam and Baltal routes suspended due to heavy rains

A flood alert was issued in south and central Kashmir after many parts of the state were lashed by monsoon rains intermittently since June 27.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Srinagar [ Published on: June 30, 2018 23:41 IST ]
Sadhus wait in a queue to get themselves registered for

Sadhus wait in a queue to get themselves registered for Amarnath Yatra at a base camp, in Jammu on Saturday.

The Amarnath Yatra was suspended on both Pahalgam and Baltal routes on Saturday due to inclement weather, officials said. The yatra has been suspended on both the routes as the tracks are slippery because of rain, a spokesperson of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) said in Srinagar.

While no pilgrim is allowed to proceed towards the cave shrine on foot, some yatris are using the helicopter services to undertake the pilgrimage, he added.

"At the end of the third day of Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 587 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave," an official spokesman said. 

A flood alert was issued in south and central Kashmir after many parts of the state were lashed by monsoon rains intermittently since June 27, leaving thousands of pilgrims who had reached the twin base camps of Baltal in Ganderbal district and Pahalgam in Anantnag district stranded. 

The rains also triggered landslides and shooting stones at several places along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway yesterday, but timely action by the authorities concerned ensured that the 260-km all-weather road connecting the Valley with the rest of the country, remained open. 

Despite incessant rains, the pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas commenced as per schedule on June 28 after several hours of delay. However, the pilgrimage faced frequent disruptions owing to continuous rainfall.

The 60-day yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with the 'Raksha Bandhan' festival. 

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, who is also the chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, directed its CEO Umang Narula to closely monitor the track conditions and their repair work before allowing the movement of pilgrims. 

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