Shrine Board accommodation thrown open for pilgrims; SSVP online booking commences; quota for outside J&K UT yatris raised to 500 per day: CEO SMVDSB

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The Yatra to the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is proceeding smoothly and picking up pace with each passing day. Keeping this in view, the quota of pilgrims from outside Jammu and Kashmir UT has been enhanced to 500 pilgrims per day, out of a ceiling of 2,000 yatris daily, till further orders. It may be recalled that yatra to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine has resumed from 16 August 2020.
Giving further details, Mr. Ramesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said that the booking by the devotees for Shradha Suman Vishesh Pooja (SSVP) has also commenced through online mode. He added that accommodations of the Shrine Board at Bhawan, Adhkuwari, Katra and Jammu have also been thrown open for the pilgrims, following all the prescribed SOPs.
For the ease and comfort of yatris, all other supplementary facilities set up by the Board like the Battery Operated Vehicles, Passenger Ropeway and Helicopter services are also operating smoothly by strictly following the social distancing norms and other precautionary measures.

Free Langar at Tarakote Marg and Prasad Kendra at Sanjichhat have also been operationalised by the Board for the facility of pilgrims; besides opening of Bhojanalayas in the Shrine area, enroute Bhawan.
It is pertinent to mention that the pilgrims are allowed to undertake the pilgrimage after registration through online mode only in order to avoid any assembly of persons at the Yatra Registration Counters.
It is also mandatory for the pilgrims to wear face masks/face cover(s) and every yatri proceeding on the yatra is being scanned through Thermal Scanners at the Yatra Entry Points.

The children below the age of 10 years, pregnant women, persons with co-morbidities and persons above the age of 60 years have been advised to avoid the yatra in the interest of their own safety from infection of COVID-19.

The COVID negative test report of the pilgrims from outside J&K and also from Red Zone districts of J&K is being checked at the Helipad and the Yatra Entry Points at Darshani Deodi, Banganga, Katra. Only those with negative reports are allowed to move beyond towards Bhawan.