Srinagar: The journey to the holy cave of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, located in the Trikuta Mountains in Dharmanagri, Jammu and Kashmir, will resume from Sunday, August 16.
Please tell that in the wake of Coronavirus, Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrimage was suspended on 18 March. Shrine Board Chief Executive Officer Ramesh Kumar said that in the first week of the resumption of the pilgrimage, 2,000 pilgrims will travel daily, including 1900 inside Jammu and Kashmir and the remaining 100 from outside.
At the same time, the situation will be reviewed after starting the state visit and a decision will be taken accordingly. There will be no registration of persons at travel registration counters. Pilgrims will be allowed to make pilgrimage only after registration through online mode.
Before proceeding on the journey, pilgrims will also have to install the Arogya Setu app on their mobile phones. It will also be mandatory for pilgrims to wear a face mask, face cover, and so on. Each passenger will be scanned through thermal image scanners at travel entry points. At the same time, children below 10 years, pregnant women, people with co-morbidities and those above 60 years of age have been advised to avoid travelling in the corona epidemic.
Later when and as the situation is normal. This will be considered again. The Chief Executive Officer further said that the yatra will proceed in a directional direction. The traditional route from Katra to the building Banganga, Adhukwari and Sanjichhat will be used to go up and Himkoti Marg-Tarkote Road will be used to return from the building.
The COVID negative test report of pilgrims from outside the state as well as from the Red Zone districts of the state will be checked at Darshan Helipad, Entry Points, Banganga, Katra. Only people with negative reports will be allowed to go towards the building. Horse, puppet and spinach will not be allowed. Free langar on Tarkote Marg and Prasad Kendra in Sanjhi Chhat will be opened for the convenience of pilgrims.
For the ease and comfort of the pilgrims, all the facilities established by the board such as battery vehicles, passenger ropeways and helicopter services will be run strictly by following social distance. To avoid mass ceremonies, Shraddha special puja seating of pilgrims in the Atka Aarti area will not be allowed until further orders.
In Qatar complexes, pilgrims will only be allowed to visit the signs to maintain the social distinction. For the convenience of the pilgrims, the opening of the cloakroom will be allowed. Although blanket stores will remain closed initially. Meanwhile, to ensure utmost cleanliness and cleanliness before the resumption of the yatra, a massive cleanliness drive has been started by the Shrine Board from Katra to the building and building sector. In this regard, the CEO reviewed all arrangements regarding the resumption of the pilgrimage at a meeting of the concerned officers and engineers of the Shrine Board today. He is constantly monitoring all aspects of pilgrimage-centric arrangements for the convenience of travellers.