Vaishno Devi: Cap on daily number of visitors raised to 15000

Vaishno Devi: Cap on daily number of visitors raised to 15000

The cap on daily number of pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine has been raised from 7000 to 15000 now. As per the reports, Jammu and Kashmir administration recently gave a green signal to this move and allowed an increase in the number of pilgrims visiting the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi. Apart from this, the mandate for travellers to undergo home quarantine for 14 days has also been removed.

The said order came into effect from November 1. As per the standard operating procedure issued by the administration on October 30, all the other instructions issued under ‘Unlock 5’ will remain in place till November 30. Also, an official from the state executive committee informed that the Union home secretary, in his capacity as chairperson of the national executive committee, issued guidelines extending lockdown in containment zones, i.e., red zones, till November 30, and that all rules will be in place as per the unlock guidelines.

Vaishno Devi: Cap on daily number of visitors raised to 15000

Devotees would still be required to register themselves for pilgrimage via online mode to ensure mass gathering of people is avoided at the yatra registration counters, which could lead to the spread of COVID-19.

To ease the travel and stay of pilgrims, accommodation facilities at Katra, the Bhawan, Ardhkuwari and Jammu are available. These facilities have been reportedly following all the SOPs prescribed for COVID-19.

Further, other facilities, such as helicopter services, passenger ropeway, and battery-powered vehicles have also been set up by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board to facilitate travel of visitors during the yatra. These services have also been ordered to follow all the adequate social distancing norms and COVID-19 guidelines.

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