The registration of pilgrims for the annual Amarnath yatra, starting from July 2, crossed one lakh in the first month, wherein SASB officials expects huge influx of pilgrims this year, probably surpassing the scheduled quota of 7.1 lakh till the closure date.
According to official circular, the registration for the pilgrims started on 17th March and the permission for undertaking the pilgrimage was given on first come first serve basis.
The circular further reads that Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has opened 432 designated bank branches all over the country, including its registration centers for the first time in small and far off States like Nagaland and Puducherry.
“The registration process is going smoothly. It generally picks up close to the days of pilgrimage while large numbers of yatris reach Jammu and Srinagar, directly for yatra,” said SASB official wishing anonymity.
“Registration of one lakh pilgrims so far with the designated bank branches was a healthy sign as a little less than three months were still left for start of the yatra on July 2. The pilgrims can register themselves even during the yatra for days ahead subject to availability of quota. The yatra will conclude on August 18,’’ he said and added that keeping in view the pace of registration, the influx is expected to surpass the scheduled quota of 7.1 lakh pilgrims.
According to sources, 15,000 thousand pilgrims can register every day for Amarnath ji from July 2 to August 18-7500 each for traditional Pahalgam and shorter Baltal tracks, which takes number of total pilgrims, who can register themselves for 48 days long yatra this year to 7.2 lakh.
The pilgrims can register themselves even during the yatra for days ahead subject to availability of quota.
However, the Shrine Board wants the pilgrims to come registered through designated branches by fulfilling all formalities as the pilgrims might not get desired date at on-spot registration counters.