Amarnath Yartra 2019 started from 1st July with tight security of armed forces accompanied with technology for first time with use of drones and trackers.
From unmanned aerial vehicles to satellite trackers all deployed to secure the annual pilgrimage of baba Amarnath Yatra. Yatra began on 1st July from two routes in the Kashmir Valley secured with technology integrated at a level never seen before.
CRPF IG Ravideep Singh Sahi detailed the security arrangements of Yatris. He further added, also, a bar-code system and satellite trackers are deployed to keep a track of pilgrims and convoy movements. Amarnath Yatra convoy vehicles have been radio-tagged with an upgraded system. All Yatra vehicles are Radio Frequency Identification tagged and have electronic readers at various places which captures location once RFID tag vehicle crosses a point. RFID tags were used last year too, but this time it has been upgraded.
The new security arrangements also include the yatri (pilgrim) management system under which every single yatri is being monitored at an individual level. Bar-coding is being used at the time of registration, which tells us the location of a particular pilgrim during the Yatra to cave.
Citing the Amarnath Yatra Security, there is a complete ban on civilian traffic for 5 hours every day on the 97-km Qazigund-Nashri stretch on Srinagar- Jammu National Highway by J&K Government.
Armed forces are escorting the Amarnath Yatra vehicles from Jammu to Baltal and Pahalgam. The Baltal camp in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district has been “completely secured” by a joint security team. Other than setting up pickets on nearby hills, the number of forces deployed has been increased as well.
On 1st July early morning, about six thousand yatris started the trek from the base camp to Anarnath holy cave chanting Om Namah Shivay.