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Amarnath enlisting closes

Srinagar, July 1: Registration of pilgrims for the Amarnath yatra has been closed as the quota for this year has been filled 11 days before the month-long pilgrimage begins.

The 84 branches of Jammu and Kashmir Bank entrusted with the job have already registered 1.07 lakh pilgrims, the quota for the year, an official spokesperson said.

The annual pilgrimage in south Kashmir begins on July 12 and will conclude on Shravan Poornima on August 12.

The Jammu and Kashmir government today appealed to people not to come for the pilgrimage without proper registration. “No unregistered person will be allowed to proceed on the yatra,” the spokesperson said.

The highest number of pilgrims, 17,405, registered from Punjab.

According to the Nitish Sen Gupta Committee’s recommendations, the state government can allow only 3,500 pilgrims a day to undertake the pilgrimage — 2,700 via the Pahalgam route and 800 from the Baltal track.

Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is monitoring arrangements for the annual pilgrimage. The departments concerned will set up camps at various places en route to the shrine for the benefit of the pilgrims, the spokesperson added.

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