Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, P K Pole Tuesday said that Amarnath Yatra is not mere a pilgrimage but a major economic push to J-K’s economy as the government expects 2000 to 3000 crores revenue from six-eight lakh pilgrims, who intend to visit tourist destinations as well.
Talking to reporters at Mir Bazar Ananatnag, after reviewing arrangements for the Yatra, Pole, as per a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that Mir Bazar Yatra facility will accommodate 2500 yatris at a time compared to 500 earlier.
He added that “all other arrangements are in place for smooth pilgrimage this year and I welcome yatris with open heart and may Lord Shiva accept their prayers”.
Pole said that this year administration is expecting 6 to 8 lakh pilgrims. “Each pilgrim stays in Kashmir for a week and spends at least Rs 35000. They visits other tourist destinations of Kashmir as well,” he said, adding that the administration is expecting 2000-3000 crores income, which will give boost to JK’s economy.
He added that there is also a toll free number for yatris and clean drinking water and shelter facilities are available at base camps and other points.
Pole further said the shrine board has also introduced a mobile app for pilgrims that will provide latest updates to yatris including the weather update. (KNO)