Desk: As the number of pilgrims crossed 50,000 on the New Year’s Eve, the journey towards Vaishno Devi from Katra, has been stopped till 5 am.

According to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, only 49,907 devotees were ultimately permitted to begin their journey.

As per the directives issued in November, the initiative comes after National Green Tribunal (NGT) restricted the numbers of pilgrims to 50,000 daily. According to the official records, in 2017, at least 80 lakh devotees visited Vaishno Devi. The records are higher than the previous 2 years.

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