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J&K L-G Murmu Reviews Preparations for Annual Amarnath Yatra to Begin in July Last Week

File photo of pilgrims travel on ponies or on foot, along a track besides a glacier-fed stream on their way to the cave for Amarnath Yatra. (Reuters)

File photo of pilgrims travel on ponies or on foot, along a track besides a glacier-fed stream on their way to the cave for Amarnath Yatra. (Reuters)

The Amarnath yatra to the holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas was scheduled to begin from the twin tracks of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district on June 23 but could not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Last Updated: June 23, 2020, 8:50 PM IST
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Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Tuesday reviewed the preparedness for the annual Amarnath yatra which is expected to be begin in the last week of July.

The Amarnath yatra to the holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas was scheduled to begin from the twin tracks of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district on June 23 but could not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, the yatra is likely to begin in the last week of July and its duration will be shortened to 15 days due to the pandemic, according to sources. The administration, however, has not formally made any decision about it.

Though the decision regarding the yatra shall be taken appropriately in due course of time, Murmu exhorted upon the officers to put in their best efforts to make the arrangements for health, infrastructure, ration and LPG supply, power, drinking water, security arrangements, telecommunication, disaster management for the yatra, an official spokesman said.

The Lt governor further directed that all the rituals, including morning and evening prayers, shall take place at the holy cave from July 5 (Vyas Poornima) to August 3 (Raksha Bandhan), he said.

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