Srinagar: Ravi Mahajan, chairman of the vikas mandal, and Kuldeep Wahi, president of the mandal,requested the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board to take steps to prevent unregistered pilgrims from undertaking the yatra while addressing media persons yesterday .
Mahajan said the decision of the government should be widely publicised through the electronic and print media, and added that the registration of pilgrims should be done only at Jammu to avoid the heavy rush at Srinagar, Baltal and Pahalgam.
While appreciating tight security arrangements for the pilgrimage, the mandal demanded that all the facilities for the yatris should be provided at Yatri Niwas in Bhagwati Nagar here.
He said 300 kanals had been identified at the Yatri Niwas for the stay of the pilgrims, only 40 kanals had been utilised. The rest of the land is unutilised. It is feared that some unscrupulous elements may encroach upon the land.