Pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine halted due to forest fire

Pilgrimage, Mata Vaishno Devi
Pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine halted due to forest fire

According tot he information given by the police, the annual pilgrimage to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine remained suspended for a second consecutive day following a forest fire. Over two crore pilgrims visit the shrine every year.

Around 25,000 pilgrims were currently stranded at the Katra base camp for clearance to start the uphill trek to the shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district. However, helicopter services have resumed. “A huge forest fire broke out yesterday (Wednesday) in the Trikuta Hills,” a police official said.

The fire department have deployed helicopters to douse the flames. Trenches were also dug to prevent the fire from spreading out. “The blaze has been contained to a large extent. For the safety of the pilgrims, the passage to the shrine will only be permitted after the blaze is completely put out,” the official added.

According tot he information given by the police, the annual pilgrimage to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine remained suspended for a second consecutive day following a forest fire. Over two crore pilgrims visit the shrine every year. Around 25,000 pilgrims…