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Amarnath yatra to begin from June 29

June 24, 2011 00:38 IST

The annual pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine of Amarnath will begin on June 29, Sri Amarnath Shrine Board which manages the yatra announced on Thursday.

R K Goyal, chief executive officer of the SASB, visited the holy cave, Domel and Baltal base camps in north Kashmir on Thursday, and reviewed all the arrangements being positioned for the Yatra.

Goyal accompanied by a team of officers of the board and other agencies reviewed the arrangements at the Baltal base camp.

"These included those pertaining to water, power supply, sanitation arrangements, repair and maintenance of lanes and drains and creation of other requisite facilities for the yatris, which are in the final phase of completion," a statement issued by the board said.

"Thereafter, he trekked to the holy cave reviewing the yatra-related arrangements en route. He had a detailed inspection of the various arrangements and works at Domel which are also nearing completion", the statement added.

"At the holy cave, the CEO spent considerable time in taking stock of the arrangements in the shrine area. He issued instructions to all the concerned agencies and various service providers to ensure that all the arrangements are on the ground latest by June 28 with a view to securing maximum facilitation and comfort of the pilgrims who will start arriving on June 29."

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar