Jammu (NewsReach) : Online registration of pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra will start from April. Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) made this announcement on Thursday night. Announcing the launch of registration of pilgrims for the Yatra through online process from April, the Shrine Board said that RFID based tracking of the movement of pilgrims will be done in the shrine in the Himalayan region of South Kashmir.
“The online registration will start through banks in the month of April 2022 with a limit of 20,000 registrations fixed per day”, Additional CEO SASB Rahul Singh said during a high-level meeting chaired by Jammu Divisional Commissioner Raghav Langer to review the arrangements for the upcoming yatra.
He said that on-spot (tatkal) registrations would also be done at the designated counters on the days of travel. Rahul Singh said that to ensure the safety of Amarnath pilgrims, the Board has decided to use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to track the movement of vehicles and pilgrims during this year’s pilgrimage. The RFID tag cards will be issued to all the pilgrims, he said.
The Divisional Commissioner instructed the DCs to install an adequate number of toilets, water coolers en-route highway for convenience of the pilgrims. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual pilgrimage in 2020 and 2021 was conducted on symbolic basis. So, it is expected that the number of pilgrims may be high this time as compared to the previous years. Accordingly, the Divisional Commissioner directed Deputy Commissioners for increasing accommodation capacities, holding spaces in their respective districts. The DCs were directed to identify suitable places for langers and accommodation of devotees, vehicles holding in their respective districts.
The DCs were also directed to ensure availability of CCTVs, lighting and genset arrangements at Langer sites. He further instructed all the departments concerned to start preparedness to ensure that all necessary arrangements are put in place well in advance.