In the major newscast, the Amarnath Yatra has been cancelled; it was previously planned to be on till August 15 this year. Apparently, safety concerns have led to the termination. All the trekkers in the valley have been advised to leave right away.
In a note released by the Principal Secretary to Government, Home Department, “Keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats, with specific targeting of the Amarnath Yatra, and given the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley, in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and the Amarnath yatris, it is directed that they “nay curtail their stay in the valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible.”
It is the first time that the Amarnath Yatra has been cancelled, and all trekkers asked to return as soon as possible. Holidaymakers in Gulmarg and nearby regions have also been asked to leave as soon as possible owing to the advisory that has been issued.
In the rouse of this statement, Air India, India’s national carrier, has abolished rescheduling charges for travellers on the route. The government has also demanded other airlines to keep a tab on airfare and not hike the fare.