Road access to the Amarnath cave is granted; PDP calls it the “biggest crime”

The route through the Baltal base camp in the Ganderbal area of central Kashmir has been widened to connect Dumail with the Amarnath cave.

An important milestone has been reached as the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) extended road connectivity to the holy temple of Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir, enabling motorized access to the hallowed cave.

The first set of vehicles has arrived at the shrine following the completion of the widening of the road from Dumail to the Amarnath cave via Baltal base camp in the Ganderbal district of central Kashmir, an initiative that is anticipated to improve pilgrims’ comfort and accessibility. The BRO staff was also praised for having accomplished the difficult feat and making history by extending road access to the Amarnath cave shrine.

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Project Beacon is responsible for the upkeep and restoration of the Amarnath Yatra pathways. The BRO shared a video of the vehicles’ journey to the Amarnath cave on X. When the first group of vehicles arrived at the sacred cave, Border Roads employees accomplished a difficult task and made history.

The Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) maintained the Pahalgam Shrine road in the Anantnag district, while the Public Works Department (PWD) of the Jammu and Kashmir government maintained the Baltal Shrine track in the Ganderbal district.

The Amarnath Yatra tracks were turned over to the BRO last September so they could be upgraded and maintained.

Nonetheless, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) denounced the move, calling it the “biggest crime” against Hinduism.

“This is not history; rather, it is the gravest offense against Hinduism and its natural faith. Our pilgrimages are in the shadow of the Himalayas because Hinduism is all about being fully immersed in spiritual mother nature, PDP spokesman Mohit Bhan wrote in a post on X.

He went on to say that it is wrong to use religious pilgrimages as playgrounds for “mere political gains.” “We are inviting a catastrophe in Kashmir, but we are not learning any lessons from the wrath of God that we witnessed in Joshimath and Kedarnath,” he continued.

In a swift response to Bhan and the PDP, the BJP stated that no trees were removed during the construction of the concrete road leading to the sacred cave sanctuary, which was carried out following a thorough Environmental Impact Assessment.

“Thousands and thousands of people have their faith in Baba Amarnath’s shrine. PDP is attempting to recreate the 2008 land dispute by opposing and pointing out flaws in the road stretch, but the public is smart enough to avoid falling for dishonest tactics once more.

Situated at an elevation of 12,756 feet above sea level and 141 miles from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the sacred temple is situated in the Ladar Valley, a region largely encased in snow-capped mountains and glaciers. The Amarnath Yatra attracts thousands of devotees each year, and this year over 4.5 lakh pilgrims visited the sacred site to offer prayers.

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