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Snowfall disrupts Amarnath yatra schedule

Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
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The route to the Amarnath cave.— Photo: Nissar Ahmad
The route to the Amarnath cave.— Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Unusual mid-summer snowfall on the track to the Amarnath cave shrine has disrupted the schedule of the annual pilgrimage in Kashmir that would have normally started on June 28.

Sources told The Hindu that two high-level meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday decided to reschedule the pilgrimage on the Pahalgam route even as it was unlikely to be disrupted through the Baltal route. The meetings headed by Governor Narendra Nath Vohra after his extensive aerial survey led to the shift of the registered pilgrims of the Pahalgam route of June 28, 29 and 30 to the Baltal route, which would open as per the original schedule on June 28.

Mr. Vohra is Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, which conducts the annual pilgrimage spread over the two months of summer.

It was decided that a high-level meeting on June 30 would consider if the Pahalgam route could be opened for the pilgrims from July 1 morning.


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