New Delhi, July 24: Incessant rain has suspended the ongoing Amarnath Yatra on Tuesday, from the Baltal route. The helicopter services have also been suspended from Baltal Axis.
Due to continuous rainfall since last night, the route has become slippery and muddy. There is also a possibility of shooting stones and landslides.
However, the yatra is continuing from the traditional Pahalgam route.
Due to continuous rain last night, the route of Amarnath Yatra is slippery and muddy. There are possibilities of shooting stones and landslides on the route. Yatra suspended from Baltal route. Helicopter services also suspended from Baltal Axis. Yatra going on from Pahalgam Axis.
— ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2018
Officials said, no yatri was allowed to move towards the cave shrine this morning from Baltal. However,
a fresh batch of 1,282 pilgrims, including women and sadhus, left Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu for Kashmir valley early this morning amidst security.
To date, over 2,45,000 pilgrims have performed the yatra that started on June 28.
The yatra is scheduled to end on August 26 coinciding with Raksha Bandhan.
An organisation of service providers for the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims has proposed that the yatra should be limited to 30 days in future. The organisation arranges free food and shelter for the pilgrims.
The organisation has said data collected during the last three years shows that more than 90 per cent pilgrims perform the yatra during this period.
Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) headed by Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra has decided to seek public response on the proposal.