LATEST ACTIVITIES IN DISTRICT
Shrine Board resumes Yatra to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine via Sanjichhat-Bhairon Temple route
KATRA, SEPTEMBER 8 - Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board resumed the pilgrimage to the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji this morning via Sanjichhat-Bhairon Temple track and back from the same route. Yatra was temporarily suspended from Katra onwards on 4th of this month after 4.00 p.m. due to incessant heavy rains over last three days.
Dr. Mandeep K. Bhandari, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, visited the entire Track along with officers and Engineers of the Shrine Board and took stock of the ongoing works of clearing of track, restoration of water and power supply and provisioning of other logistics enroute and in Bhawan area till late last evening. The movement of the pilgrims is being continuously monitored. He said that the track from Sanjichhat to Bhawan via Bhairon Temple is narrow and it involves steep climb, particularly between Bhawan and Bhairon Temple, and considering the fact that ponies can not be allowed beyond Sanjichhat, the pilgrims are advised to start their journey for the pilgrimage via this route only if they are in good state of health and do not have any underlying cardiac or other such ailment.
The CEO further informed that efforts are afoot to clear all the tracks leading to the Shrine and to fully restore electricity and water supply to all the establishments and tracks. PHE and PDD authorities and workers are continuing with their efforts in this regard. Further, clearing the debris from the track which has come down from the slopes due to continuous spell of rain over the past few days was still going on and might take a couple of days to make it worthy of Yatra movement. Superintending Engineer and Executive Engineer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board are camping at the locations for ensuring that the Track is through.
Dr. Bhandari said that considering the entire situation, the Shrine Board decided to open the track via Sanjichhat-Bhairon Track only this morning. For ensuring that pilgrims cover the journey during the day time only, in the interest of safety of pilgrims, the Yatra Slip issuance from Katra was stopped at 2:40 p.m. Total number of Yatris who embarked on the journey via Track was 14,783. The Yatra proceeded smoothly.