The National Green Tribunal (NGT) said on Wednesday banned the chanting of mantras or Jaikara and ringing of bells at Amarnath temple cave. The Green Court issued a slew of orders to be implemented by the Amarnath Shrine Board. As per the order of the NGT, now devotees cannot carry their mobiles or other belongings beyond the last check post of Amarnath Yatra. Also, the Tribunal asked shrine board to make storeroom where people can keep their belongings at last check post. The Green panel court asked Amarnath Shrine Board to submit a status report on the infrastructure facilities to pilgrims in the first week of December. The Green court also said that from the last check post, there should be a single queue of people walking towards the main cave.
“You have allowed shops on the Amarnath path near the shrine. There are no proper facilities for toilets, do you even know how humiliating this is for women? Why have you not provided proper infrastructural facilities for pilgrims? You are giving priority to commercial activities over pilgrims. All this is unfair. The sanctity of the holy shrine has to be maintained,” NGT had asked Amarnath Shrine Board in November.
In Hinduism, the Amarnath temple shrine is considered to be one of the holiest shrines. The cave is only open for the short time in summer for pilgrims, as the Amarnath cave, itself is covered with snow most of the time in a year.
The NGT imposed similar directions for the Vaishno Devi shrine, only a month back which is in Jammu and Kashmir. The Tribunal said that the number of pilgrims at the shrine will be limited to 50,000 a day. The green court had also directed authorities to construct a new path in a bid to prevent any incident.