New Delhi, May 8: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday announced that China has agreed to restart the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Nathu La pass. Swaraj also said that 10 batches of 50 pilgrims each will go for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Nathu La pass this year.Also Read - Live India vs England Score And Updates 1st Test, Day 1: Jasprit Bumrah Provides Early Breakthrough
“I had told Chinese Foreign Minister that relations between governments can’t prosper until people-to-people relations are improved. When Nathu La pass was closed during last Yatra it came as a blow to people. I’m happy to announce that it has now been opened for Yatra,” Sushma Swaraj said, as reported by ANI. Also Read - Exclusive | Iran's Relationship with India has 'Far More Potential' Than China: Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
“We will send 18 batches, of 60 pilgrims each, through Lipulekh Pass and 10 batches, of 50 pilgrims each, through Nathu La Pass. Around 1580 pilgrims will undertake Kailash Mansarovar Yatra this year,” the minister added. The development comes after Swaraj’s talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang in Beijing in April. Also Read - Pakistani Teenager Runs Away from Home, Crosses Border to India After Argument With Family
The yatra was stopped by China in the aftermath of the military face-off with India last year at Doklam. The standoff began on June 16 after the Indian troops intervened and stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area claimed by Bhutan as it posed a security risk to Chicken Neck, the narrow corridor connecting India with its north-eastern states.
The two armies “disengaged” on August 28. Ministry of External Affairs organises the yatra from June to September each year through two different routes — Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand) and Nathu La Pass (Sikkim).
The yatra, which holds religious value, cultural significance, is undertaken by hundreds of people every year. Holding significance for Hindus as the abode of Lord Shiva, it holds religious importance also for the Jains and the Buddhists.