Amarnath pilgrims to get hourly weather update

Vishal Sharma

In order to ensure safety of pilgri from the unexpected weather conditions, meteorology department of Jammu and Kashmir is installing modern weather forecast devices for upcoming Amaranth yatra that will forecast the weather on hourly basis.

The department is also establishing six automatic weather stations at Baltal, Sheshnaag, Chandanbadi, Pahalgam and Holy Cave etc who will receive and collect the hour forecast of these devices on the basis of which the pilgri will be allowed to move towards the holy cave.

These modern devices are being installed at various camps on Baltal and Pahalgam route and will function round the clock during the 48 days long yatra. The hourly forecast made by these devices will be collected by the automatic weather stations from where the weather reports will be sent to the control room. The control will further send the final forecast to the various yatra managers after its interpretation including directors of the base camps via Short Message Service (S) normally after every three hours and hourly if needed besides will also update it on its website.

These modern devices can work round the clock in all weather conditions without electricity as they are self charging devises and will charge their power batteries at their own. The entire yatra will remain dependent upon the weather advisory prepared on hourly basis after reviewing the forecast as the yatra is directly dependent upon the weather condition.

Director meteorology Jammu Sonam Lotus said that these devices will help in smooth conduct of yatra as the hourly update will ensure their safe pilgrimage.


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