Life returns to normal at Baltal Base Camp: Sonamarg Baltal Road to reopen for traffic on Monday


Jammu and Kashmir News

SRINAGAR, JULY 26: Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), reviewed the current status of the restoration works which were being carried out to clear the enormous debris which had flowed downhill near the Baltal Base Camp after heavy rains and or cloud burst on Friday night.

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Mr. P. K. Tripathi, CEO, SASB stated that, under Chairman’s orders, Mr. Jitendra Kumar Singh, Additional CEO, SASB, had rushed to the Base Camp early  yesterday morning to co-ordinate the rescue and rehabilitation works. CEO informed the Governor that by deploying the required manpower and machinery, the enormous accumulation of debris had since been largely cleared and the parking space near the Base Camp had been restored for use. Governor was also informed that the road from Srinagar to Baltal is likely to be opened for two way traffic from Monday, for the movement of convoys of pilgrims from the Manigam Camp to Baltal.

One person who had been seriously injured in yesterday’s cloudburst,  Mr. Abdul Karim, resident of Shopian, who had been airlifted to Srinagar by the Shrine Board is responding well to the treatment at SKIMS, Srinagar. The other 10 persons, who had suffered minor injuries, have since been discharged from Baltal Base Hospital after receiving treatment.

Power and water supply are fully functional and sufficient stocks of essential commodities are also available at the Base Camp. All the Langars, except one which suffered some damage, are functioning normally in Baltal.

CEO informed that yesterday, despite stoppages and hold-ups  on the Baltal end, the pilgrimage had continued without any interruption from the Pahalgam  route; the helicopter services had been functioning  and 4890 Yatris had “darshan” at the Holy Cave bySaturday evening, taking the total number of Yatris who had paid obeisance to 2,90,943.

Today morning, 676  Yatris from the Baltal route and 2953  Yatris from the  Chandanwari route left for Holy Cave and 3924 Yatris, who had stayed overnight at the Sheshnag and Panjtarni Yatra Camps, had been able to complete their “darshan” by today afternoon.

The Governor was informed that, after the restoration of Srinagar-Baltal Road, the yatra was expected to resume vigour and momentum, from Monday onwards, if there were no unforeseen interruptions due to inclement weather.