Registration for the 48-day long Amarnath Yatra to the Himalayan Cave Shrine, to be held from July 2 to August 18 have begun. Chief Executive Officer of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board P. K. Tripathi said the step-by-step procedure which the yatris need to follow to register has been put on the board’s website.
“Every pilgrim will have to produce a health certificate for registration which should be issued by institutions and doctors whose names have been displayed on the website of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB).
“Children below 13 year of age, elders above 75 years and women pregnant for over six week’s would not be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage,” he said. The CEO said Yatris wishing to undertake the pilgrimage by availing helicopter services do not need any advance registration, but should have the compulsory health certificates.
The CEO said pilgrims would have to furnish a compulsory health certificate while seeking registration. Only certificates issued by doctor or medical institutes and authorised by the concerned State government shall be accepted at the designated bank branches.
For Yatra 2016, only those health certificates that have been issued on or after February 10 shall be considered valid.
The CEO further said those under the age of 13 years or above the age of 75 years and women, who are over six-week pregnant would not be allowed to be registered.
Tripathi said for ensuring effective security arrangements along the difficult tracks, only those yatris who are in possession of a yatra permit which is 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.
Yatris who propose to travel by helicopter do not require advance registration as their helicopter tickets shall suffice, he said.
However, they shall be required to produce the compulsory health certificate. (with IANS inputs)