JK News Today
Jammu, June 27:
First batch of 2995 pilgrims including 120 sadhus left Bhagwati Nagar base camp in 110 vehicles escorted by the security forces early this morning for the holy shrine of Shri Amarnath at South Kashmir.
K Vijay Kumar and B B Vyas, both advisors to Governor along with B. V. R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir today flagged off the first batch of 2995 pilgrims including 120 sadhus for annual Shri Amarnath Yatra.
The Baltal batch of 971 pilgrims was comprised of 780 Males,190 Females and one child left the base camp at 4:45 am in 49 vehicles including 18 buses, 27 Light Motor Vehicles and four Motorcycles. However in Pahalgam Batch of 2024 pilgrims comprised of 1554 males, 330 females, 20 children and 120 Sadhus 61 Vehicles including 36 Buses and 25 LMVs left the Jammu base camp at 5:40 am.
After flagging off the first batch K Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor said, “All the necessary arrangements of security, basic amenities, medical facilities and other things have been done for the smooth conduct of the yatra.”
To make the yatra more secure and comfortable, the administration has installed GPS tracking chips on all the vehicles leaving from Bhagwati Nagar, so that the agencies can track the real time location of the Yatra vehicles.
The bike squad along with bike ambulances has also been added this year, for the security and safety of the pilgrims.
Amarnath Yatra, which is flagged off from Jammu today will be commenced from Chandanwari and Baltal at South Kashmir on Thursday as per the Hindu calendar, will conclude on August 26.