Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti claims that preparations made for annual Amarnath Yatra is adversely affecting day-to-day life of locals and has requested Governor Satya Pal Malik to intervene in this matter. The 45 days Amarnath Yatra began last week and at least 1 lac pilgrims have already visited the ancient and holy shrine which is 3,888 metres above sea level. The arrangements made for travellers has been extremely exhaustive with special focus on security arrangements. While the CRPF and J&K Police is primarily in-charge for security, personnel from the Indian Army and Border Security Force have also been posted on the two routes. Mofti, however said that locals are being inconvenienced by the Yatra.
On 7th July former Chief Minister of J&K told reporters that "Amarnath Yatra is taking place since years. But unfortunately, the arrangements done this year are against the people of Kashmir. It's causing a lot of trouble in the day to day lives of local people. I would like to request the Governor to intervene in this." While she hadn't elaborated on what specific arrangements are causing inconvenience, Mufti said she has asked J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik to take note of this matter.
Whereas the safety and well-being of devotees remain high on the priority list during the Amarnath Yatra each year, special care is also been taken to ensure locals can continue with their daily lives normally. Their support and collaboration have often been sought and received, making them an important part of ensuring the success of the Yatra. In return, local businesses also see a increase in sales during the Yatra. This year, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board already lauded locals for all the help they have extended.
Since the start of the Yatra, over 19,800 devotees have paid obeisance at the holy cave shrine.