Srinagar: The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) on Monday said it was considering curtailing the yatra period to 30 days.
According to a government statement issued here, SASB met on Monday under the chairmanship of Governor N N Vohra, Chairman of the Board, at the Raj Bhavan here.
Shri Amarnathji Barfani Langer Orginisation (SABLO) had earlier requested to be heard by the Board regarding the duration of yatra.
In a presentation made before the Board, SABLO stressed that the pilgrimage data for the past 5 years shows that more than 90 percent of yatris perform ‘darshan’ in the first 30 days. On this basis, SABLO argued that the period of yatra should be limited to 30 days citing various reasons.
Taking note of SABLO’s demand, the Board observed that “this important issue needs to be placed in the public domain and discussed further”.
Governor called for continuing attention for progressive improvement of the facilities provided to pilgrims who undertake this annual pilgrimage.
The Board meeting was attended by Dr (Prof) Ved Kumari Ghai, Pt Bhajan Sopori, D C Raina and Dr Chander Mouli Raina, all members of the Board, and by Umang Narula, CEO, Bhupinder Kumar, Additional CEO and other officers.