Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate Tarakote Marg for Vaishno Devi pilgrims on May 19 during his visit to Jammu.
According to sources, Mr Modi will lay foundations of ring road Jammu, Zojila Tunnel, inaugurate Mubarak Mandi Ropeway Project and Tarakote Marg in one go at a function scheduled to be held here on city outskirts.
Meanwhile official spokesman of Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said that at the request of Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, who is also the Chairman of Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has agreed to formally inaugurate the Tarakote Marg on May 19.
Umang Narula, CEO of Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, however, has invited pilgrims to start using the Tarakote Marg from the morning of May 13 and get the taste of walking on the beautiful new track.
The Governor also reviewed the completion of new track to Shrine with Mr Narula and other officers in a teleconferencing meeting at Raj Bhavan, Srinagar on Tuesday.
It may be recalled that keeping in view the progressively increasing pilgrimage to the Vaishno Devi Shrine, the Board had approved in February 2011 the Governor’s proposal to construct an alternate track between Banganga and Adhkuwari, to decongest the rush of pilgrims on the existing six km track from Banganga to Adhkuwari and besides provide a pony free route from Katra to Bhawan, which is exclusively meant for use by Yatris who walk to the Shrine.
The alternate seven km track which is six meter wide has an comfortable gradient and very attractive wayside amenities.
The Tarakote Marg provides the pedestrian pilgrims a cleaner and scenic route and have been provided with facilities for the convenience of elderly pilgrims and for the specially-abled.