Indian Railway will be resuming the service of Vande Bharat Express from October 15, 2020. As a result, the limit of pilgrims per day is also increased from 5,000 to 7,000.
After the discussion with the Railway Minister, Shri Piyush Goyal; Union Minister Jitendra Singh has announced the resumption of the Vande Bharat Express train from New Delhi to Katra Vaishno Devi from October 15, 2020.
After discussing with the Railway Minister, Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has announced the resumption of the Vande Bharat Express train from New Delhi to Katra Vaishno Devi from October 15, 2020.
“As a follow-up to discussion with Railway Minister Sh @PiyushGoyal two days back, Ministry of Rly has announced the resumption of #VandeBharatExpress train from New Delhi to #KatraVaishnoDevi from 15th October. A huge relief & exciting information for pilgrims on the eve of #Navratri,” Mr. Singh tweeted.
Resuming the train services will benefit the pilgrims who have been planning to visit the shrine during the Navratri from across the country. Moreover, the number of pilgrims allowed per day is increasing to 7,000. This increased cap on the number of pilgrims is irrespective of any limit on the pilgrims count from within or outside Jammu and Kashmir.
Reviewing the Yatra arrangements for the Navratri festival commencing on 17 October, Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board, Ramesh Kumar, said that the registration of the Yatra would continue to be done online to avoid people gathering at the yatra registration counters.
Some Other Services for Vaishno Devi Yatra
The services of ponies, pithus, and palkis will be allowed to operate on the track between Katra and Bhawan. Similarly, to ease the pilgrims, he added that all other supplementary facilities such as battery-operated vehicles, passenger ropeway, and helicopter service would also operate smoothly by strictly following social distancing norms and other safety measures.\
The lockdown restrictions are lifted in a phased manner. For example, train services in the country halted due to coronavirus in late March are being resumed in a graded manner. And pilgrimage sites are also opening up all across the country by following the safety guidelines.
Safety guidelines of COVID-19 for tourists
- Wearing face masks will be compulsory in public places and during travel.
- All the tourists should have the Aarogya Setu app installed on their mobile phones.
- Proper social distancing will be maintained and any group or gathering will not be allowed.
- Tourists coming from other states will have to undergo the COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival.
- People will only be allowed to proceed further if the report is negative.
- Registration for Vaishno Devi Yatra will be required to be done in advance via online mode.