JAMMU: The registration of pilgrims for this year’s Amarnath Yatra commenced on 1st April, for both the Baltal and Chandanwari routes, through 442 designated bank branches of Punjab National Bank, Jammu & Kashmir Bank and YES Bank all over the country, an official spokesman said here. This year’s 46 days yatra will commence simultaneously on both the routes from 1st July 2019 and culminate on Raksha Bandhan, the 15th August 2019.
Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer, of Amarnath shrine board, informed that the step-by-step procedure for registration has been put on the website,www.shriamarnathjishrine.com. The website also contains the application form and state-wise list of designated bank branches.
The CEO said that the pilgrims will have to furnish a Compulsory Health Certificate while seeking registration for the Yatra and the format of the Compulsory Health Certificate and a state-wise list of doctors/ institutes authorized to issue the certificates has been put on the website. He said that for ensuring against fraudulent Health Certificates, only such certificates which are issued by doctors or medical institutes authorized by the concerned state government/ UT administrations shall be accepted. For Yatra 2019, only those Health Certificates which have been issued after 15th February 2019 shall be valid.
The CEO further informed that persons under the age of 13 years or above the age of 75 years and ladies who are more than six weeks pregnant would not be registered for this year’s Yatra.
The CEO informed that the Yatra permits for this year would be different for each day of the week/ and route, with a different colour coding for each day having QR code, to facilitate the police personnel deployed at the Access Control Gates at Baltal and Chandanwari to regulate the Yatra for the relevant date and route. In this context, he cautioned the intending Yatris against undertaking this arduous Yatra without securing a Yatra Permit and the required Compulsory Health Certificate.
Narula stressed that, for ensuring effective security arrangements along the difficult tracks, only those Yatris who are in possession of a Yatra Permit valid for a specified date and route will be allowed to proceed beyond the base camps, and cross the entry gates at Domel and Chandanwari. He appealed to all intending Yatris to complete the necessary formalities for registration in advance and obtain a permit in time, to avoid any inconvenience.
Yatris who propose to travel by helicopter do not require advance registration as their helicopter tickets shall suffice for the purpose. However, they shall be required to produce the Compulsory Health Certificate, in the prescribed format and issued by an authorized doctor, before they are allowed to travel by helicopter.