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Amarnath Yatra 2024: Preparations begin; health documents being issued in 10 Jammu districts

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

Srinagar: Preparations for the annual Amarnath Yatra have commenced as health certificates are being arranged in ten districts of Jammu division, allowing pilgrims to initiate their journey from the specified date.

A total of 112 doctors have been designated to issue Compulsory Health Certificates (CHC) from health centers across the region, a prerequisite for advance passenger registration.

Although the official announcement of the Amarnath Yatra is pending, discussions during a recent meeting of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board hinted at a potential commencement date of June 29, as per KNO. The exact date for passenger registration will be unveiled in the coming days.

Traditionally, health certificates issued from March 15 onwards are considered valid for passenger registration. However, last year’s registration process commenced in mid-April. The Health Directorate Jammu has submitted the details of nominated doctors to the government, soon to be accessible on the Shrine Board’s website.

Districts Kathua and Jammu boast the highest number of designated health centers, including associated hospitals, community health centers (CHC), and district hospitals. The advanced passenger registration process will kick off in designated bank branches within the respective districts.

Apart from facilitating registration, these health centers will provide essential facilities for pilgrims. Additional provisions for accommodations and other necessities will be made available in various locations including Jammu, Ramban, and Srinagar.

As preparations gain momentum, the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board is issuing tenders related to the Yatra, focusing on tasks such as snow clearance from the holy cave and surrounding tracks. The Yatra is poised to commence shortly after the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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