Amarnath yatra resumes from Jammu and Pahalgam, remains suspended from Baltal

They said the yatris, who also included three children, left the base camp in a convoy of 113 vehicles under tight security arrangements in the early hours after the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway was cleared for traffic.
Amarnath yatra resumes from Jammu and Pahalgam, remains suspended from Baltal
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After facing frequent disruptions due to inclement weatherover the past four days, the Amarnath yatra resumed on Monday from Jammu andPahalgam base camps while it remained suspended from Baltal route, officialssaid.

A fresh batch of 2,675 pilgrims, including 492 women and 174seers, left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp Monday, after a day-long suspensionfollowing inclement weather, the officials said.

They said the yatris, who also included three children, leftthe base camp in a convoy of 113 vehicles under tight security arrangements inthe early hours after the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway was clearedfor traffic.

The highway, the only all weather road linking Kashmir withrest of the country, was closed for traffic on Sunday after heavy rainstriggered a landslide at Kella Morh and rolling down of stones from hillocks atfour more places including Panthiyal, Digdole, Anokhi fall and Maroog in Rambandistrict.

The road was cleared of the debris and made traffic worthylate Sunday.

With improvement in weather, the 26th batch of Amarnathpilgrims was allowed towards Kashmir and it is expected to reach the caveshrine later in the day, the officials said.

Of the latest batch from Jammu, they said 1,544 pilgrims,including 207 women and 174 Sadhus, are heading for Pahalgam base camp for theyatra, while the rest of 1,131 pilgrims including 285 women and three childrenhave preferred Baltal route.

The 46-day yatra commenced from the twin tracks —traditional 36-km Pahalgam in Anantnag district and shorter 14-km Baltal route— on July 1 and is scheduled to end on August 15.

The officials said 1,136 pilgrims were allowed from Nunwanbase camp along Pahalgam route towards the cave shrine on Monday morning,resuming the yatra from there.

However, the yatra along the shorter Baltal route continuedto remain suspended for the third day as intermittent rains rendered the trackunsafe for travellers, the officials said.

On Monday, 683 pilgrims — who had reached the cave shrinefrom various halting stations enroute — offered prayers at the 3,880 metrehigh cave till mid day, taking the total number of pilgrims who had 'darshan'of the naturally formed ice-shivlingam at the cave to 3,20,038, the officialssaid.

They said the helicopter service, which too was suspended onSunday due to bad weather, also resumed from both the routes on Monday.

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