By: Musaib Iqbal MK
As the tourism season is going on very well, the Union Government is expecting record breaking Amarnath yatra during the current year’s summer.
Government has said that 6-8 lakh pilgrims are expected to perform the yatra from the twin routes of Pahalgam and sonamarg.
The Government of Jammu and Kashmir along with the central government has put in place all the arrangements for the heavy presence of tourists and pilgrims during the coming season.
According to KNO quoting Union I&B Minister Apurva Chand it has said in its news report on Monday as follows.
Talking to reporters in Srinagar, Chand, as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that this year Amarnath Yatra will be one of the biggest yatras in the history of J&K as around 6-8 lakh pilgrims are expected to arrive on the pilgrimage.
“Today, I met the officials of the administration including Divisional Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners. We were told that this year it will be a historic pilgrimage and for that all the necessary arrangements have been put in place,” Chand said.
He said that so far the weather challenge was natural and out of the hands of officials. “But as far as security arrangement is concerned, that has already improved a lot as seen by the number of tourists visiting the Valley. Hotels, houseboats and lodges are booked in advance which signifies a good security atmosphere,” Chand said. He said that LG J&K Manoj Sinha has recently stated that in just a few months, 80 lakh tourists visited UT, which is a record number. “This itself hints that the atmosphere is peaceful,” he said.
He said that the Ministry of Information and Boardcasting has urged the J&K administration to prepare a short documentary on Amarnath Yatra and also the beautiful places of Kashmir. “We will widely circulate that documentary across the country and outside,” he said.
With KNO inputs