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Shrine board considering to curtail Amarnath yatra to 30 days.

The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, which is headed by Governor NN Vohra, on Monday said it was considering to curtail the yatra period to a month as “over 90 per cent pilgrims perform darshan during first 30 days”.

Citing various reasons, Shri Amarnathji Barfani Langer Organization (SABLO) has argued that the period of yatra should be limited to 30 days.

In a presentation made before the Board, SABLO stressed that the pilgrimage data for the past 5 years shows that more than 90 % of the Yatris perform “Darshan” in the first 30 days. On this basis SABLO argued that the period of Yatra should be limited to 30 days, citing various reasons,” said a Raj Bhavan spokesman, in a statement.

“Taking note of SABLO’s demand the Board observed that this important issue needs to be placed in the public domain and discussed further,” he said.

The shrine Board had met today under the chairmanship of Governor, Chairman of the Board, at Raj Bhavan, said the spokesperson.

He said the Governor called for continuing attention for progressive improvement of the facilities provided to the pilgrims who undertake this annual pilgrimage.

Meanwhile, the Board was apprised about the various steps taken for improving and enhancing the facilities for promoting the convenience of the pilgrims which included upgradation of the tracks from Baltal to Domel; upgrading of Neelgrath to Baltal Road (7 Kms); erecting railings  (6.6. kms) on the Baltal route and on the Chandanwari route (4.75 kms); development of resting places along the tracks etc.

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