Helicopter service was suspended on Thursday due to poor visibility near the holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was scheduled to pay obeisance at Amarnath today.
A senior police officer said that some helicopter sorties operated between Baltal in central Kashmir to holy cave this morning when the sky was clear though light rain lashed the area.
”We have to suspend the heli service due to poor visibility following black clouds in the area where helicopters are landing near the shrine,” he said, adding that Mr Singh was also scheduled to visit the shrine and pay obeisance. However, due to poor visibility, helicopter service has been suspended to cave shrine.
”We will again allow helicopter service once visibility improves,” he said.
He said yatris have been stopped at Baltal as the track was still slippery.
”We can understand the anxiety of pilgrims who wanted to have the darshan at the cave shrine, but at the same time, we cannot risk their lives which is more important, the officer said.
He said as soon as the weather improves and track become safe for undertaking the foot journey from Batal base camp to holy cave, the pilgrimage will be resumed.
So far, 60,750 pilgrims, including women and sadhus, from different parts of the country have darshan of the self-made ice-shivlingam at the cave shrine till Wednesday night since the commencement of the 60-day-long yatra from June 28.
However, due to rain and landslides, the yatra was interrupted during the first three days and it remained suspended for the second day today after three pilgrims were killed and as many injured due to landslides on Baltal track yesterday.