July 4, 2011 2:29:24 am
The Amarnath Yatra was temporarily suspended on Sunday because of the inclement weather and landslides along the yatra route. And as the Met office has predicted more rains in the valley,more interruptions in the annual pilgrimage are likely.
This is for the second time in past three days that the yatra to the high altitude cave shrine in the Himalayas of south Kashmir had to be halted because of the bad weather and landslides .
There are reports of landslides at several places along the route, a senior police officer said. From Sunday morning,we have stopped the pilgrims at the Baltal base camp and have not allow them to move forward.
The pilgrims to the cave shrine have also been stopped at Chandanwari in Pahalgam and have not been allowed to move ahead because of the rain and thunderstorms.
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The pilgrims walking on foot and riding on ponies have been stopped at the base camps whereas,the pilgrims who took the chopper service to the cave shrine were allowed passage. The choppers take the pilgrims to Panjtirthi,from where they move six kilometers on foot or ride ponies to reach the cave shrine.
The helicopters are being allowed to carry pilgrims to Panjtirthi. Those pilgrims who use are using the chopper service are allowed the darshan at the cave, the police officer said. Officials said only 800 pilgrims can be ferried to the cave shrine by helicopters in a day.
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