JAMMU, FEBRUARY 28: The Advance Registration of pilgrims for Shri Amarnathji Yatra shall commence tomorrow, all over the country, for both the Baltal and Chandanwari routes, through 432 designated Bank branches of Punjab National Bank, Jammu & Kashmir Bank and YES Bank. This year’s 48 day Yatra shall commence simultaneously on both the routes from 2nd July 2016 and culminate on Raksha Bandhan, the 18th August 2016.
The CEO said that the Yatri shall 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 such Certificates has been put on the website of Shrine Board. He said that for ensuring against fraudulent Health Certificates, only such Certificates which are issued by Doctor or Medical Institutes authorized by the concerned State Government /UT Administrations shall be accepted at the registering Bank branches. For Yatra 2016, only those Health Certificates which have been issued on or after 10th February 2016 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 further informed that the Yatra Permits for this year’s Yatra would be different for each day of the week/ and route, with a differed colour coding for each day, 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. Reiterating that every Yatri must obtain a Compulsory Health Certificate (CHC) from the Doctors/ Hospitals nominated by the States and UTs before applying to the nearest located designated Bank branch for getting a Yatra Permit, CEO appealed to all potential pilgrims to consult their doctors before embarking on the pilgrimage even after having obtained a Health Certificate some weeks.