Srinagar: Amarnath Yatra was interrupted, as the passage of pilgrims at various safe shelters along the north and south Kashmir treks to the cave shrine was stopped for the two hours on Sunday due to inclement weather.
While talking to Agence India Press, Superintendent of Police Ganderbal district Mir Imtiyaz sai that we have allowed 6,570 yatris to proceed towards the holy cave from the Baltal base camp in the Sunday morning. But in afternoon as the weather deteriorated at the base camp and along the 14-km trek to the cave, we stopped any devotee from proceeding from Baltal for almost two hours.
However yatra has resume after getting green signal from weather department, he added.
He said everyday at 6:00PM we hold meeting regarding the yatra, and today if we found any bad intimation from weather department then obliviously we will not allow yatries tomorrow to go ahead.
About 3,700 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the Amarnath shrine, while the fifth batch of 3,165 devotees today left from the Jammu for the cave temple in south Kashmir Himalayas.
The batch, comprising of 2,157 males, 699 females, 111 children and 198 sadhus, left in a convoy of 228 vehicles around 0500 hours amid tight security, police said.
The convoy, which left twin base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal for their onward journey to Amarnath, has already crossed Batote area of Ramban district, they said.
More than 3,700 devotees have visited the 3,888 metre high cave shrine till today, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) officials said, adding all arrangements, including security, are in place on the twin tracks from Pahalgam and Baltal.
Over 8,000 pilgrims are enroute to the cave shrine from the two base camps for the darshan of the ice lingum of Lord Shiva, they added.