In the wake of growing LoC firing incidents, the central government has decided to deploy additional troops not only due to the escalation in situation but also for holding limited Amarnath yatra this season.
Recently after the UT administration of Jammu and Kashmir submitted a comprehensive proposal for the deployment of troops for the security of yatries, Union Government has given its nod for the holding of the yatra though on a small scale.
Recent media reports have suggested that during the current season, Amarnath yatra would be held only from the route of Baltal in Sonmarg area of Ganderbal. In this direction recently UT administration of Jammu and Kashmir has directed district administration of Ganderbal to keep ready government buildings including those of schools and other educational institutions for the housing of troops which should be specially deployed for the holding of limited Amarnath Yatra.
Already Pahalgam route of yatra has been sealed and the authorities have decided not to allow any Amarnath yatra from Ladder valley route.
In Kashmir valley security forces in the past six months have conducted a lot of anti-militancy operations to keep the threat perception at its lowest.
While the limited Amarnath yatra would be allowed only from the shortest route or Baltal during which the yatries can finish their pilgrimage in a day, security deployment is still a challenge especially because of the growing pandemic in Kashmir valley.
Already there is a spike in the Covid-19 cases across Kashmir especially in Ganderbal district and the administration is busy in fighting pandemic.