Srinagar, Jun 2: Jammu and Kashmir government today said two lakh pilgrims have registered themselves for the upcoming pilgrimage to the 3,880 metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas.
“So far two lakh pilgrims have registered themselves at various branches of Jammu and Kashmir bank across the country for the yatra, scheduled to begin on June 29,” an official spokesman said after a high level meeting at Pahalgam in south Kashmir.
The meeting was chaired by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Samoon and was attended by Chief Executive Officer of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board R K Goyal among others.
The meeting reviewed the preparedness of various agencies to ensure smooth conduct of the annual pilgrimage, he said.
“Various issues related to smooth functioning of the Yatra, registration of pack and riding ponies, establishment of langars (food), supply of power... opening of ATMs, hire charges of collies, were discussed,” he said.
He said 400 tonnes of firewood would be kept available by the forest department at various halting stations while temporary medical shops would be set-up.
The fair price shops would also be set up by the Consumer Affairs and Public distribution department and Cooperative Society at Pahalgam, which serves as the base camp for the yatra along the traditional 45 km track. PTI