New Delhi: Owing to the unprecedented spike in the Covid cases across the country, the registration of pilgrims for the upcoming Amarnath yatra has been temporarily suspended. Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board on Thursday said that the situation is being constantly monitored and it will be reopened once the situation is improved. Online registrations for this year’s Amarnath Yatra commenced on April 15.Also Read - More Caution: Maharashtra Health Minister Warns People Amid Rising COVID Cases. Read Details

This year’s Amarnath yatra is scheduled to commence simultaneously on both routes from June 28 and culminate on Raksha Bandhan, August 22. Also Read - Maharashtra Will Impose Another Lockdown If...: Guardian Minister Drops Big Hint Amid Rising Covid Cases

Earlier, Nitishwar Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board had said that the intending yatri shall have to visit the official website for registration.  “They will have to fill up his details in the online application form and attach his photograph and the Compulsory Health Certificate (CHC),” said the CEO. Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: Union Minister Anurag Thakur Launches Takshashila Sports City in Pune

In a meeting last month, officials had said that all COVID-19 protocols are in place and standard operating procedures issued by the government will be followed during the yatra. “The registration will start from April 1 for both the routes through 446 designated bank branches of the Punjab National Bank (316), the Jammu and Kashmir Bank (90) and the YES Bank (40), all over the country,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Sri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) Nitishwar Kumar said earlier.

He said that details about the procedure for registration, application form and state-wise list of bank branches with complete addresses are available on the board’s website. The CEO said that only health certificates that are issued by doctors or medical institutes authorised by state governments or union territory administrations will be accepted at the registered bank branches.

The certificates are mandatory as the shrine is at a very high-altitude and the journey is arduous.

“For the Yatra-2021, only those health certificates which have been issued after March 15 shall be valid. The steps which yatris (pilgrims) need to follow in order to register for the yatra (pilgrimage), have been put on the board’s website,” Kumar said.

He added that it also contains relevant information on how to reach the base camps, fee for registration, tariff for ponies, palanquin and porters. Kumar said people under the age of 13 years or above the age of 75 years and women who are more than six weeks pregnant would not be registered for this year’s yatra as per COVID-19 norms.

He said permits for the yatra would be different for each day of the week and routes. Different colour code for each day will be used to facilitate police personnel deployed at the access control gates at Baltal in Ganderbal district and Chandanwari-Pahalgam in Anantnag district to regulate the yatra for the relevant date and route, the CEO said.