Amaranth Yatra: Highway restrictions hitting pilgrim inflow to Vaishnodevi shrine

Amaranth Yatra: Highway restrictions hitting pilgrim inflow to Vaishnodevi shrine

SRINAGAR: The restrictions imposed by authorities on highway connecting Jammu to Srinagar for smooth travel of Amarnath pilgrims, has severely hit pilgrim inflow to Vaishnodevi shrine in Katra, with tourism stake holders there seeking immediate revocation of these curbs.
The restrictions have also hit tourist flow to main tourist spot of Patnitop and other adjoining tourist destinations.
In a joint meeting of Hotel & Restaurant Association,Katra (HRAK) and Hotel and Restaurant Association, Patnitop (HRAP) under the Chairmanship of Rakesh Wazir opposed such restrictions in the morning and evenings.
The speakers during the meet said that it was surprising that Amarnath Yatra that is going on since decades has being incident free in Jammu to Udhampur area, still curbs are in place for movement along the Highway that has indirectly put pilgrims to Vaishnodevi along with local populace to lot of inconvenience.
These restrictions have added to the problems for the Vaishnodevi pilgrims, who according to them have already missed their trains and planes
“The normal flow of Vaishnodevi yatra has been hit and the restrictions have giving bad name to the administration,” said the speakers.
Other association members also criticised the government on imposing restrictions during the tourism season as tourist inflow slash to Patnitop,Bhaderwah, Sanasar and other coming down, and tourists moving to such places being unnecessarily stopped to proceed to these destinations.