Only 50000 devotees allowed at Vaishno Devi shrine per day: NGT


The National Green Tribunal on Monday capped number of devotees allowed to visit Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir at 50,000 per day. Others are advised to wait at Ardhukumari or Katra.

The green panel also said the new path to the shrine exclusively for pedestrians and battery-operated cars should be opened from November 24.

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The NGT had past year directed the CEO of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board to furnish a detailed report of solid waste and sewage treatment plants installed at the shrine complex. Considering the Vaishno Devi Bhawan can not accommodate more than 50,000 people, a NGT bench headed by chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said any additional pilgrims would be stopped at Ardhkuwari or Katra town.

File image of pilgrims at Vaishno Devi.

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Similarly, in an attempt to limit the impact of visitors on religious artifacts, the Supreme Court in October approved new norms regarding visits to the famous Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain. Further, the bench also directed that a fine of Rs 2,000 should be imposed for littering in Katra town.

A new path to the shrine for pedestrians and battery-operated auto services will be unveiled on November 24, the tribunal said in its order. Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the sacred places for Hindu devotees who also consider it to be one of the most auspicious.

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The NGT officals, earlier today, announced that a new path for pedestrians will be made leading to the shrine.