Amarnath Yatra: Highway restrictions reduced to 2 hours, Guv asks people to ‘bear with it’

Srinagar: J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik Sunday said the restrictions on the civilian traffic along a stretch of the Srinagar-Jammu Highway have been reduced from five to two hours only and that people of Kashmir “must bear with it” till the Amarnath pilgrimage is over.

He said the pilgrims were fully satisfied with the hospitality of the local people, the security- and the administrative-level arrangements put in place for the smooth conduct of the pilgrimage that started officially on July 1.

The yatra is going on smoothly from twin base camps in Kashmir— Chandanwari in Anantnag district of south Kashmir and Baltal in Central Kashmir’s Gandebal district.

Talking to reporters at Pantha Chowk transit camp of yatris, the Governor said the curbs on the movement of the civilian vehicles from Qazigund to Nashri have been reduced from five to just two hours. “People should bear with it as it is a matter of security of Amarnath pilgrims.”

Replying to a query about suffering of people due to such restrictions, the Governor said in his state, curbs remain in place for more than 30 days for Kawadyatra and people are cooperating there.

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