Registration for the Amarnath pilgrimage has been suspended due to uncontrolled COVID disease. But reports from People say that’s just what’s happening.
The Sri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has imposed a temporary ban on a 56-day Hindu pilgrimage. According to the SASB, the registration of pilgrims has been suspended due to the prevailing COVID situation in the country and the need to take necessary precautions.
But the Jammu and Kashmir government says it has taken a number of steps to reduce the spread of the disease. The state has taken steps to prevent COVID, including night curfews, the opening of only 50% of shops, 50% restrictions on public transport and the closure of educational institutions.
Health experts say it is impossible to intervene in such large pilgrimage centres and other places to meet Kovid standards and that the suspension of registration is welcome. Online registration, which started on April 15, has now been suspended. More than 600,000 pilgrims are expected this year and arrangements are being made.