Yatra suspended from base camps, helicopter service resumes

Srinagar, Jul 17: The pilgrimage was suspended on Tuesday due to slippery track, following overnight rain from Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where over 1.97 lakh yatris had paid obeisance till Monday night, since the commencement of the 60-day-long pilgrimage from June 28.
However, helicopter service from base camps to holy cave resumed on Tuesday morning, after major improvement in weather conditions. No pilgrim was allowed from Baltal or Nunwan Pahalgam base camps as a precautionary measure, following slippery track due to rain during the night, official sources said on Tuesday.
They said the pilgrims will be allowed, only when a green signal is received from the officials posted at different places that track has become safe for undertaking the foot journey.
An official spokesman said that devotees, who had a night halt in the camps near the cave shrine, are paying obeisance at the cave shrine, since early Tuesday.
He said on the 19th day on Monday, 10067 yatris, including women and sadhus, paid obeisance at the cave shrine.
Till late Monday night, 1,97,442 devotees had the darshan of Shivling at the holy cave.
Majority of the pilgrims had since returned to their homes, after darshan. Meanwhile, a Teli medicine node has been installed at Panjtarni on traditional Pahalgam route to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, for pilgrims.
A Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the SK Institute of Medical Science said that SKIMS, Director Health Service, Kashmir, in collaboration with ISRO, Ahmadabad has installed one Teli medicine node at Panjtarni for Amarnath yatris.
This is the first time that Telemedicine facility is being provided to the devotees at Panjtarni, which is connected to the SKIMS and PGI Chandigarh. This facility will provide the Yatris quick access, in need of medical emergency.