Only 50,000 devotees allowed to visit Vaishno Devi shrine every day: NGT
National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday capped the number of tourists visiting Vaishno Devi Shrine per day to 50,000. As per the ruling, when the number is exceeded, the tourists would be stopped either at Ardhkumari or Katra. Apart from the capping, the NGT has also stayed all new constructions taking place inside the shrine complex. A new path to Vaishno Devi exclusively for pedestrians and battery-operated cars will be opened from November 24, NGT said. The green court 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 green panel’s ruling 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.
As carried in FE