The Shrine Board had informed about the suspension of helicopter services on Monday morning. The development was announced hours after a fire broke out in the forest area of Trikuta mountain near Mata Vaishno Devi late Sunday evening.
It was noted that the fire that occurred near the Sanji Chhat helipad was brought under control to a great extent, but the Shrine Board suspended the helicopter service to ensure the safety of the pilgrims.
According to the shrine board’s CEO, Anshul Garg, the fire erupted in the Trikuta forest range in Jammu’s Reasi (where the Vaishno Devi shrine is located). The fire had no impact on the pilgrimage but damaged the forest cover. (ANI)
first published:May 17, 2022, 12:51 p.m.