NGT restricts no of pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi

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  1. Yogesh Sarkar

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    National Green Tribunal has come out with a new policy to restrict the number of pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi to 50,000. This is being done to avoid any untoward incident. Once the number of pilgrims reaches 50,000, pilgrims traveling to the Bhawan will be stopped at Ardkuwari or at Katra itself.

    New route to the Bhawan will open soon and it will be limited to pedestrian and battery operated vehicles and even on the older route, horses and mules will be phased out soon.

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    Only 50,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu to avoid any untoward incident, the National Green Tribunal directed today.

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

    The NGT directed that no horses or mules shall be allowed on the new route to the shrine and these animals shall be removed slowly from the old path as well.

    It also directed the authorities to impose a fine (environment compensation) of Rs 2,000 on anyone found littering the roads as well as the bus stop at the nearby Katra town.

    The NGT bench headed by chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar made it clear that if the number of pilgrims exceeds the prescribed 50,000 cap, they will be stopped at Ardhkuwari or Katra town, considering that the Vaishno Devi Bhawan structure cannot accomodate more than 50,000 persons.

    The green panel's directions came during the hearing of a plea filed by an activist seeking directions to stop the use of horses and ponies in Vaishno Devi shrine premises in Jammu, prompting the green panel to seek response from the government on the issue.

    The petitioner had expressed concern over the "pollution and danger to public health" caused by indiscriminate use of horses, ponies, mules and donkeys, to carry pilgrims and goods from Katra to the Vaishno Devi temple.

    The directions came while NGT was hearing a plea filed by activist Gauri Maulekhi seeking to remove horses and mules from the path to the shrine, saying it was dangerous for the pedestrians, especially the senior citizens.

    "The new path which was constructed for Rs 40 crore should be positively opened to public by November 24. No further time will be granted and, in default, appropriate action will be taken against the concerned authorities.," it said.

    Source: NDTV
     
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    Good move!
     
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    Very good decision..Such decisions should implement in other crowded pilgrim and historical places

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    What?? 50k everyday? Every month? Every seasn? Every year?...
     
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    Daily. And even this is a high no. The whole route has multiple points where there are new mountains of litter being formed.
     
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    read in a newspaper that there are only 5-6 days during the year when 50000 or more people visit the shrine in a single day..this order will hardly have any effect in that case
     
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    But the question is, why is National Green Tribunal issuing this public safety order, when this is something that ought to have been done by the Shrine Board or the state government?
     
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    It's a useless guideline!
    50K per day is seldom reached, forget about it getting breached anytime soon.

    The weblink of NDTV (in original post) clearly mentions it as a figure for PER DAY capping:
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    Following is the snip taken from Shrine Board's website for monthly traffic:
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    @Alpha has rightly pointed out that it's only a case of few days in whole year when 50K limit can be attained. This ruling won't be going to improve anything significantly.
     
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    that is because someone might have approached and petitioned NGT against the pollution and chaos at the shrine..NGT has no other option than to pass appropriate order..obviously there is a failure on the part of the Shrine Board to manage things.
     
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    But aren’t people stopped from entering Bhawan or starting from Katra for past several years now? I remember hearing about this, even when I was a kid.

    I am not against the decision, but I just feel, public safety ought to be the domain of shrine board, state government and courts, rather than a tribunal setup to deal with environment issue. Otherwise, they will be inundated with similar appeals and rather than focusing on the environment, they will be dealing with such issues.
     
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