Published: August 14, 2020 9:13:00 pm
Pilgrimage to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine on the Trikuta Hills close to Katra will resume from Sunday, with the shrine board permitting a most of two,000 pilgrims to proceed each day through the first week.
Of the two,000, solely 100 folks from outdoors Jammu and Kashmir will likely be allowed to carry out the pilgrimage each day, stated Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board CEO Ramesh Kumar. The state of affairs will likely be reviewed after per week and a choice will likely be taken accordingly, he stated.
The pilgrimage to the shrine had been suspended on March 18 in view of the Covid-19 state of affairs.
To keep away from the meeting of individuals at yatra registration counters, the CEO stated the pilgrims meaning to undertake the journey should get themselves registered on-line. He stated they will even be required to put in the Aarogya Setu app on their cellphones earlier than continuing, and it is going to be necessary for them to put on face masks.
Every pilgrim will likely be scanned by thermal picture scanners at yatra entry factors, Kumar stated, advising youngsters beneath the age of 10 years, pregnant girls, individuals with co-morbidities and people above the age of 60 to keep away from the yatra. As and when the Covid-19 state of affairs normalises, the advisory for this group shall be revisited, he added.
Kumar stated the yatra will transfer in a uni-directional method. The conventional yatra route from Katra to Bhawan by way of Banganga, Adhkuwari and Sanjichhat will likely be utilized by pilgrims for continuing in direction of the shrine, and the Himkoti-Tarakote Marg to return to Katra city.
A adverse Covid-19 take a look at report will likely be necessary for these coming from outdoors J&Ok in addition to these enterprise the pilgrimage from crimson zone districts inside the UT. Kumar stated ponies, pithus and palkis will initially not be allowed to ply on the yatra tracks.
The CEO stated there’ll a distribution of free langar at Tarakote Marg and a prasad kendra at Sanjichhat for the power of pilgrims, including that each one the supplementary amenities arrange by the shrine board, like battery operated automobiles, passenger ropeway and helicopter providers will function by following social distancing norms and different precautionary measures.
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