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Landslide forces closure of new route to Vaishno Devi shrine

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

A landslide today struck the Tarakote Marg, the new seven-km track to the shrine in district of and Kashmir, forcing its closure, a said.

However, no one was injured in the incident, of Police, Reasi, said.

He said the landslide occurred along the new track near Himkoti and efforts were on to clear the debris.

The new track was formally inaugurated by on May 19.

Officials said the landslide triggered by rains hit the track around 8 am, causing some damage to the infrastructure.

The new track between Banganga and Adhkuwari was approved by the Shri Mata Shrine Board in February 2011 to decongest the rush of pilgrims on the existing six-km track.

Almost the entire track has been covered with sturdy shelter sheds to protect pilgrims against shooting stones and rain.

Pilgrimage to the cave shrine atop the was going on smoothly from the traditional route.

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First Published: Mon, July 16 2018. 13:45 IST