Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, P K Pole Tuesday said that Amarnath Yatra is not mere a pilgrimage but a major economic push to J-K’s economy as the government expects 2000 to 3000 crores revenue from six-eight lakh pilgrims, who intend to visit tourist destinations as well.

Talking to reporters at Mir Bazar Ananatnag, after reviewing arrangements for the Yatra, Pole, said that Mir Bazar Yatra facility will accommodate 2500 yatris at a time compared to 500 earlier.

He added that “all other arrangements are in place for smooth pilgrimage this year and I welcome yatris with open heart and may Lord Shiva accept their prayers”.

Pole said that this year administration is expecting 6 to 8 lakh pilgrims. “Each pilgrim stays in Kashmir for a week and spends at least Rs 35000. They visits other tourist destinations of Kashmir as well,” he said, adding that the administration is expecting 2000-3000 crores income, which will give boost to JK’s economy.

He added that there is also a toll free number for yatris and clean drinking water and shelter facilities are available at base camps and other points.

Pole further said the shrine board has also introduced a mobile app for pilgrims that will provide latest updates to yatris including the weather update.

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