A batch of 5964 pilgrims resumed the Amarnath Yatra on 9th july 2019 morning, a day after it was temporarily put on hold due to heavy rush. The Amarnath yatra was suspended on 8th july 2019 as a precautionary measure following a strike called by separatists in the Kashmir valley to mark the third death anniversary of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
The pilgrims made their way on the Pehalgam and Baltal routes as security personnel kept a close vigil to ensure safety and a smooth journey for the pilgrims . Over 1900 pilgrims moved on the Pehalgam route while approximately 4,000 took the Baltal way.
The 45-day long yatra will end on August 15 2019, coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival. The arrangements put into place for pilgrims have been extremely exhaustive with special focus on security arrangements while the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir Police is primarily in-charge for security personnel from the Indian Army and Border Security Force have also been deployed on the two routes.
Former CM Mehbooba Mufti, however, had courted massive controversy on 8th july when she said that the arrangements put into place for pilgrims this year are causing inconvenience to locals.
“Amarnath Yatra is taking place since years. But unfortunately, the arrangements done this year are against the people of Kashmir. It's causing a lot of trouble in day-to-day lives of local people," she had said, prompting sharp rebuttals.
Authorities have time and again appreciated the support they receive from locals with Shri Amarnath Shrine Board especially praising them this year. The Yatra also helps local businesses to flourish.