Amarnath Yatra begins June 28, health certificates mandatory
From this year, pilgrims would have to furnish a health certificate while registering for the yatra. The certificate format has been drawn by a committee of medical experts from the Union health ministry and the state health department. The pilgrims will have to submit a self-declaration form about his/her current health status and medical history.
To check fake health certificates, only certificates issued after February 1 by authorised doctors and medical institutes would be considered. All states/UTs have been asked to furnish a list of doctors/ medical institutes who would be authorised to issue the certificates.
SASB Chief Executive Officer Navin K Choudhary said a comprehensive action plan has been drawn up to implement the recommendations of the State High Powered Committee and the directions of the Supreme Court.
In view of its inability to upgrade the walking tracks along both the routes in the yatra before the start of pilgrimage, the SASB has decided that only 6,500 pilgrims, excluding those travelling by helicopters from Baltal and Pahalgam to Panjtarni, would be allowed a day from each side. The SASB has also