6000 pilgrims stranded in Jammu, yatra to remain suspended on day 2

Vishal Sharma

Amidst unrest in Kashmir, about 6000 Amarnath pilgrims are stranded in Jammu, taking shelter in various hotels, guest houses and rest homes eagerly waiting for restoration of normalcy and resuming of yatra.

About 2300 pilgrims are staying at Bhagwati Nagar base camp while about 3700 yatris have managed their own shelter at various locations. Most of the pilgrims are staying nearby the ‘Langers’ so that they could get easy and free of cost food which if they will purchase will affect their budget adversely.

Similar is the situation at Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in Kashmir where thousands of pilgrims are stranded due to the unrest and highway closure.  Even the death of 8 more persons in Valley has completely scrapped the possibility of resuming the yatra.

After taking stock of the situation the district administration Jammu also snapped the mobile internet services in the region and has beefed up the security to ensure peaceful atmosphere in Jammu.

In Jammu the pilgrims are continuously arriving in large groups mounting pressure over the district administration for their accommodation, food and security which presently has almost collapsed due to the rapidly increasing number.

If the pilgrims will remain continue to reach Jammu, the figure will cross 50 thousands in few days which could worsen the situation as it will become almost impossible for the administration to manage such huge rush besides it will pose a threat perception also.

Rajiv Saini a pilgrim from Delhi said that he has come to Jammu with his family for the amaranth yatra and had prepared a returning planned too but now as the yatra has been suspended and they are staying in a hotel that’s too on paid food all this has affected their prefixed budget adversely and now they are returning back to Delhi.

Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh when contacted said that there is nix possibility that yatra could be resumed by even day after tomorrow as the situation in Valley has turned more worsen after the death of 8 more people.

He further said that the district administration is trying its best for making arrangements for the pilgrims though he admitted that the swiftly increasing number of pilgrims could lead to troublesome situation.



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