This could be the primary Amarnath pilgrimage after the abrogation of particular standing of J&Okay and downgrading of the state into two Union Territories of J&Okay and Ladakh on August 5, 2019. That yr yatra was suspended a couple of days earlier than the historic determination, when the administration additionally ordered different non-local vacationers and laborers to depart the Valley instantly, fearing an eruption of mass civilian protests. In 2020, the administration initially deliberate to prepare a yatra amid Covid19 pandemic, however later rescinded the choice.
The pilgrimage witnessed the highest quantity of arrivals in 2011, when 6.35 lakh folks visited the holy cave in the mountains surrounding vacationers vacation spot of Pahalgam in southern Kashmir, adopted by 6.22 lakh visiting in 2012. Increase in the footfall for yatra had triggered criticism from surroundings activists calling for limiting the whole quantity of pilgrims visiting the cave day-after-day because the pristine surroundings of the mountain vary was getting broken.
The anticipated quantity of round six lakh arrivals this yr is highest since 2013, when 3.5 lakh yatris visited the state. From 2014 till 2019, 3.7 lakh, 3.5 lakh, 2.2lakh, 2.6lakh, 2.8 lakh and three.8 lakh pilgrims visited the holy cave annually respectively. The lowest arrival in last eight years was recorded in 2016, when authorities imposed curfew and civilian protests have been occurring in the Valley in wake of the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani together with two colleagues on July 8, 2016 in Bumdooru space of Anantnag in southern Kashmir.
The fall in numbers of pilgrims since 2013 additionally coincided with the rise in violence, particularly in the 4 districts of southern Kashmir. In 2017, eight yatris have been killed and 18 others injured in a militant assault on their bus in Anantnag district of southern Kashmir.
The administration has already deliberate elaborate safety preparations for two routes of yatra—from Chandanwari of Pahalgam in southern Kashmir and one other from Baltal in Sonamarg of central Kashmir.
Earlier this month, Lieutenant Governor of J&Okay, Manoj Sinha chaired a preparatory assembly for yatra calling for enhance in unintentional insurance coverage of pilgrims and doubling the quantity of stay saving ambulances.
The Chief Secretary of J&Okay B V R Subrahmanyam on Sunday chaired the 10thmeeting of the High-Level Committee of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board to assessment the preparations being made for a protected and hassle-free yatra this yr. He instructed the administration to undertake preparations for an anticipated footfall of 6 lakh yatris this yr.
“For safe passage of pilgrims, strolling tracks could be appropriately widened, railings put in and retaining partitions with particular deal with laying down prefabricated cement tiles on tracks from Baltal could be constructed,” Subramanyam ordered in the assembly.
The involved businesses have been requested to put in bio-toilets, waste particular rubbish bins, mechanical segregator, auto-composter, and electromagnetic disintegrator at appropriate places on each yatra routes.