Jammu & Kashmir

This year’s Amarnath yatra to give three crore economic boost, says JK Admin

A file photo of Amarnath pilgrims as they march towards cave shrine in Kashmir.

‘Expecting 8 lakh pilgrims, each pilgrim spends at least Rs 35K during their stay in Kashmir’

Anantnag: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, P K Pole on Tuesday said that Amarnath yatra is not mere a pilgrimage but a major economic push to J&K’s economy as the government expects Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 Crore revenue from 6 to 8 lakh pilgrims, who intend to visit tourist destinations as well.

Talking to reporters at Mir Bazar Ananatnag, after reviewing arrangements for the Yatra, Pole said that Mir Bazar yatra facility will accommodate 2500 yatris at a time compared to 500 earlier.

He added that all other arrangements are in place for a smooth pilgrimage this year and he welcomes yatris with an open heart and may Lord Shiva accept their prayers.

Pole said that this year administration is expecting 6 to 8 lakh pilgrims. “Each pilgrim stays in Kashmir for a week and spends at least Rs 35,000. They visit other tourist destinations of Kashmir as well,” he said, adding that the administration is expecting Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 Crore income, which will give a boost to JK’s economy.

He added that there is also a toll-free number for yatris and clean drinking water and shelter facilities are available at base camps and other points.

Pole further said the shrine board has also introduced a mobile App for pilgrims that will provide the latest updates to yatris including the weather update. (KNO)


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