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The yatra via the traditional Pahalgam route was restored in the early hours of Monday, two days after the Amarnath tragedy. Hundreds of pilgrims stranded in Sheshnag and Panchtarni on the yatra route were also sent to the holy cave. The journey from Baltal has been stopped for the time being, which will be released on Tuesday in the event of clear weather. Meanwhile, a batch of 4026 pilgrims was dispatched from base camp Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu amid tight security.
About ten thousand devotees are staying at the Baltal base camp. After the Amarnath tragedy, the yatra in Baltal has been stopped. Despite the suspension of the yatra, the enthusiasm among Shiva devotees remains intact. 1016 pilgrims were sent from base camp Bhagwati Nagar Jammu to Baltal route and 3010 for Pahalgam route. Passengers who were stopped at Ramban base camp in the Yatra route were also sent forward on Monday. The whole atmosphere in the base camp remains Shivamaya. With the commencement of the Yatra, the devotees have got relief. Thousands of devotees will get the good fortune of having darshan of Baba Barfani in the event of resumption of yatra from both the routes on Tuesday. The movement of general vehicles was stopped during the departure of the batch.
6047 Shiva devotees visited
The yatra via the traditional Pahalgam route was restored in the early hours of Monday, two days after the Amarnath tragedy. On the yatra route, 6047 Shiva devotees, including hundreds of devotees trapped in Sheshnag and Panchtarni, had darshan of Baba Barfani in the holy cave.
Now heli ticket from Srinagar to Panchtarni directly
Shri Amarnath Shrine Board has started direct heli ticket service from Srinagar to Panchtarni for the devotees of Shiva. Earlier, helicopter booking was available from Srinagar to Nilgrath/Pahalgam and from there the passenger had to take a separate ticket for Panchtarni. Passengers can now book Srinagar to Panchtarni and Panchtarni to Srinagar heli tickets through the board’s respective heli service links. The one-way fare from Srinagar to Panchtarni has been fixed at Rs.14500.
The army prepared an alternate route overnight
Army’s relief operation continues near Amarnath cave. Army personnel have prepared an alternate route to the cave of Baba Barfani overnight, so that travelers can have a safe darshan. At the same time, special teams accustomed to these conditions of the army are engaged in the search of the missing people. The army prepared the way by cutting glaciers and mountains on Sunday night to prepare an alternate route. Along with this, sand bags filled with sand have also been used.
It has been told by the army that the old road near the cave is not fit for use at present, it is filled with a lot of water. So there was a need to create an alternate route for this. Army personnel first leveled the way for this on Sunday night. After this, sacks filled with sand were kept here, whose stairs were made. Devotees had darshan when the yatra started from this route on Monday.
Let us inform that more than 2 thousand army personnel deployed near the cave are engaged in rescue and relief work. Search is on for more than 40 people who are missing so far within a three-kilometre radius of the holy cave.
For the first time such floods occurred near Amarnath cave: Shrine Board
The Amarnath Shrine Board has said that such an influx had come for the first time near the holy cave. Rains and floods in previous years were studied before making arrangements for the yatra. Tents were set up at a safe distance from the drain only after taking expert opinion, but this time the water that came from the top of the cave and other places was much more than expected. This has never happened before.
Recently, former Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah had alleged that tents for the passengers were put up in the drain which was a dangerous place. This matter should be investigated. Responding to these allegations, a board spokesperson said that the tents were set up at a safe distance from the drain. For this, the data related to the floods of 2015 and 2021 were also taken into account. A board spokesperson said that all the damage figures would be available by Tuesday. On non-distribution of RFID cards to some passengers, the spokesperson said that these cards have been given to all passengers compulsorily.
Airlifted 123 people stranded on the journey route
During the evacuation operation in the Amarnath accident, 123 people were airlifted in IAF choppers. On Monday, Air Commodore Pankaj Mittal said that the operation started to rescue the stranded passengers has been completed. 123 people were brought to Srinagar on the Yatra route by Mi-17 V5 and Cheetal helicopters of the Air Force. 20 National Disaster Response Force personnel and dog squad were rushed to the site of operation from Srinagar. Mittal said that a total of 29 tonnes of relief material were transported to the affected area by helicopters. He said that this operation has been carried out with the cooperation of all the agencies.
Identification of 13 dead, three bodies
13 people killed in Amarnath accident have been identified. Seven of the dead were residents of Rajasthan. Two passengers each from Uttar Pradesh and Delhi were victims of this accident. One passenger was a resident of Maharashtra. Three bodies have not yet been identified. According to the administration, the last rites of the two dead have been performed by the family in Srinagar. Three bodies have been sent to the home area, while preparations were being made to send one dead body to the home area.
names of the dead
Sushil Khatri resident of Rajasthan, Veermati resident of New Delhi, Mohan Lal Wadhwa resident of Ganganagar Rajasthan, Sumita Wadhwa resident of Ganganagar Rajasthan, Varsha Mohri, Arvind resident of Nikepurwa Uttar Pradesh, Rajkumari resident of Nikepurwa Uttar Pradesh, Sunita Bhosle resident of Pune Maharashtra, Vijay Singh resident of Barwala Makrana Nagaur Rajasthan, Veer Singh resident Rooppura Kuchman Nagaur Rajasthan, Yajuvendra Singh resident Dwana Nagaur Rajasthan, Prahlad Ram Nagaur Rajasthan, Prakash resident Ambedkar Nagar New Delhi.
Amarnath Yatra dies due to cardiac arrest
A devotee who was returning after having darshan of Shri Amarnath ji on the highway under Chinani Police Station died of cardiac arrest. The batch of Shri Amarnath Yatris was returning on Monday afternoon. On the way, when the person felt some panic, he was taken to the hospital. Where the doctors declared him brought dead. Police has registered a report in this regard. The deceased has been identified as Surendra Singh, a resident of New Delhi.