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Amarnath Yatra resumes from Jammu, Pahalgam; remains suspended from Baltal

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Srinagar, Jul 29: After facing disruptions due to inclement weather over the past four days, the Amarnath Yatra resumed on Monday from Jammu and Pahalgam base camps while it remained suspended from Baltal route, officials said.

A fresh batch of 2,675 pilgrims, including 492 women and 174 seers, left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp Monday, after a day-long suspension following inclement weather, the officials said.

The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed for traffic on Sunday after heavy rains triggered a landslide at Kella Morh and rolling down of stones from hillocks at four more places including Panthiyal, Digdole, Anokhi fall and Maroog in Ramban district.

The road was cleared of the debris and made traffic worthy late Sunday.

With improvement in weather, the 26th batch of Amarnath pilgrims was allowed towards Kashmir and it is expected to reach the cave shrine later in the day, the officials said.

The 46-day Yatra commenced from the twin tracks -- traditional 36-km Pahalgam in Anantnag district and shorter 14-km Baltal route -- on July 01 and is scheduled to end on August 15.

The officials said 1,136 pilgrims were allowed from Nunwan base camp along Pahalgam route towards the cave shrine on Monday morning, resuming the Yatra from there.

However, the Yatra along the shorter Baltal route continued to remain suspended for the third day as intermittent rains rendered the track unsafe for travellers, the officials said.

2,055 pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath cave 

Srinagar, Jul 29: On the 29th day of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, 2,055 pilgrims paid obeisance at the cave shrine of south Kashmir Himalayas Monday, officials said.

They said till date 3,21,410 pilgrims have had ‘darshan’ of the Shivling at the cave shrine.

Meanwhile today, Yatra remained suspended from Baltal route due to inclement weather. However, it proceeded smoothly from Pahalgam route.

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