Helicopter service to Vaishno Devi shrine suspended

Jammu: In Jammu, rain coupled with foggy weather conditions disrupted helicopter service to the holy cave shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi in the Trikuta hills of Reasi district on Wednesday, officials said.

“Due to intermittent rains and foggy weather conditions, helicopter service for Vaishno Devi pilgrims from Katra to Sanji Chhat remained suspended on Wednesday. However, battery car service from Himkoti to Bhawan plied normally,” said the official.

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He informed that by 6 pm on Wednesday, 20,000 pilgrims had registered themselves before embarking upon the pilgrimage.

No disruption was reported on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

Ramban SSP, Mohita Sharma said, “Intermittent shooting stones at Panthiyal slowed down traffic movement but the highway is open.”

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