Jammu & Kashmir

Amarnath cave gets motorable road, first set of vehicles reach temple

Vehicles have reached the cave as BRO has expanded the road connectivity.

Ganderbal: In a first, vehicles have reached the Amarnath cave as the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has expanded road connectivity up to the cave in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Monday.

The widening of the road from Dumail to the Amarnath cave via Baltal base camp in Ganderbal district of central Kashmir has been completed, the officials told PTI.

They said BRO personnel completed the formidable task and created history by expanding road connectivity up to the Amarnath cave shrine.

The BRO was entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the twin tracks leading to the cave shrine last year.

The BRO’s ‘project beacon’ is involved in the restoration and improvement of Amarnath Yatra tracks.

Earlier, the JK’s Public Works Department (PWD) was maintaining the Baltal route in the Ganderbal district and the Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) maintained the Pahalgam route in the Anantnag district.

The UT administration in September last year handed over the tracks to the BRO for maintenance and upgradation.

The BRO undertook the road widening project to ease the difficulties faced by the pilgrims who traditionally had to travel to the cave shrine on foot.

With the motorable road reaching the Amarnath cave shrine, the pilgrimage would become more accessible and comfortable for the devotees, the officials said.

However, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) criticised the move calling it the “biggest crime” committed to the faith of Hindus.

“This is not history, it’s the biggest crime one can commit to Hinduism and its faith in nature. Hinduism is all about immersing in spiritual mother nature, that’s why our pilgrimages are in the lap of the Himalayas,” PDP spokesperson Mohit Bhan posted on X.

Bhan said turning religious pilgrimages into picnic spots for “mere political gains” is worth condemnation.

“We have seen the wrath of God in Joshimath, Kedarnath and yet we are learning no lessons instead inviting a catastrophe in Kashmir,” the PDP leader said.

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