Amarnath Yatra Suspended As Jammu-Srinagar NH Closed Due to Landslides

Jammu/Srinagar:  The Amarnath yatra has been suspended today from here as Jammu-Srinagar national highway (NH) is blocked due to landslides triggered after heavy rains in Udhampur and Ramban districts.

“The highway was closed early this morning due to landslides hit near Balli Nullah in Udhampur and Panthial in Ramban after heavy spell of rains,” police spokesperson here said.

He said that police and the BRO men are on job to clear the road. Meanwhile, an official at Yatri Niwas — base camp for Amarnath pilgrims here said, “No fresh batch today left for the cave shrine and the yatra was suspended today due to blocked highway.”

“Presently, there are around 1,600 registered pilgrims stranded at the base camp, who will be allowed for pilgrimage only after road gets through for the traffic,” he said.

The first batch of yatra was flagged off from here on June 28 by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.

So far, more than 6,000 pilgrims had paid obeisance at the holy cave shrine situated in South of Himalayas in Kashmir Valley.

Pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas has also been temporarily suspended from both shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam routes due to heavy rains.

Official sources said that the yatris heading towards Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps should first check the status of the yatra with the control room or helpline set up by the SASB before starting off.

“Pilgrims, who had left cave shrine for Baltal base camp early this morning after paying obeisance and having night stay there, were also stopped,” they added.