Jammu & Kashmir

Amarnath yatra to be temporarily suspended from August 23

Amaranth pilgrims move towards cave as they start their journey from Baltal. [FPK Photo/ Mukhtar Zahoor]

Srinagar: Less than hour after withdrawing statement on suspending annual Amarnathji Yatra from August 23, the administration repeated earlier announcement.

“Shrine Board authorities have informed that due to considerable reduction in the flow of pilgrims and the urgent repairs & maintenance of the Yatra tracks at vulnerable stretches being undertaken by Border Roads Organization (BRO), movement of pilgrims on both the tracks leading to the Holy Cave is not advisable,” government said in a third statement within two hours.

“Hence, the Yatra shall remain temporarily suspended from both routes with effect from 23rd August, 2023. Chadi Mubarak shall proceed via traditional Pahalgam route marking the culmination of Yatra 2023 on 31st August.”

The 62-day long yatra commenced on July 1 this year and it will culminate with the event of Chadi Mubarak on August 31 2023.

The yatra commenced simultaneously from both the routes – the Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district.

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