Registration process for Amarnath Yatra-2019 starts

Devotees fill registration forms for the annual Amarnath yatra at Punjab National Bank, in Jammu onTuesday. (PTI Photo)

The process of registration for Amarnath yatra 2019 commenced from April 2, simultaneously for both the Baltal and Chandanwari routes, through 440 designated branches of Punjab National Bank, Jammu & Kashmir Bank and YES Bank all over the country.

The 46-day-long yatra will begin on July 1, the day of Masik Shivratri, and would conclude on August 15, the day of Shravan Purnima.

“Yatris who wish to undertake this year’s pilgrimage can register themselves from registration counters located all across the country through 440 designated bank branches spread over all the country,” an official spokesman said. 

In addition to the existing ways of registration, the board has approved a proposal for online registration of a limited number of intending pilgrims each day on a pilot basis, he said.

The pilgrims shall require to submit a compulsory health certificate while seeking registration for this year’s Yatra.  A state-wise list of doctors and medical institutes authorised to issue CHCs has been put on the website of the shrine board to ensure authenticity.

Children under the age of 13 years or elderly above 75 years of age and women who are more than six weeks pregnant will not be registered for the yatra, the spokesman said.

In this context, he cautioned the intending pilgrims against undertaking arduous Yatra without securing a permit and the required health certificate.  He appealed to all intending pilgrims to complete the necessary formalities for registration in advance and timely obtain a permit.

“Yatris who propose to travel by helicopter do not require advance registration as their helicopter tickets shall suffice for this purpose. However, they shall be required to produce the health certificate, in the prescribed format and issued by an authorized doctor, before they are allowed to travel by helicopter,” he added.

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