With the beginning of Amaranth yatra, security has been beefed up in Jammu City and its peripheral areas as the first batch of yatris left Jammu base camp for Baltal and Pahalgam.
A total of 2995 yatris left Wednesday for their destinations for further yatra to Amarnath.
As the security alert had already been sounded in Jammu Kashmir ahead of Amarnath yatra, the security aencies have been on toes with the deployment of over 5 companies of paramilitary personnel in and around Jammu City.
The security check points have been established around base camp in Bhagwati Nagar in Jammu with the help of armed forces and patrolling in the Tawi river area has been intensified.
“The yatris were provided SRTC buses, and those having own vehicles left for their journey toward Amaranth cave in tight security arrangements,” Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Kumar told Rising Kashmir.
He said they had established community kitchens and medical aid centres at different points all along the Jammu Srinagar highway for the yatra.
Kumar said enroute Baltal and Pahalgam, the administration has made elaborated arrangements with the help of paramilitary forces and Police.
“Amarnath yatra besides being a religious event also promotes communal brotherhood and creates an atmosphere of peace in Jammu Kashmir,” he said.
He said the yatra helps the local population not only in Kashmir valley but in Jammu economically and also promotes tourism.
It was learnt that around 2619 yatris have been registered for Thursday’s yatra by the authorities including 783 yatris from Pahalgam route and 720 yatris from Baltal route.
Opposition National Conference (NC) leaders were present when the yatris left from Bhagwati Nagar but the Bharatiya Janta Party ex-ministers and MLAs were not present.
NC Provincial President Devinder Singh Rana, Surjeet Singh Salathia, and othera were present at Bhagwati Nagar base camp.
Both the advisors of Governor N N Vohra including B B Vyas and K Vijay Kumar and Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir B V Subramanayam flagged off the yatra.