At a high-level meeting, the Home Ministry reviewed mobile and telecom connectivity for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra 2015 and ordered ensuring better connectivity during the two month-long pilgrimage beginning July 2 as connectivity was crucial for the conduct and regulation of the pilgrimage.
    
"BSNL is also working on augmentation of VSAT capacity and increase in bandwidth. BSNL will also enhance number of base transceiver stations and their configuration to take care of congestion where pilgrims will be halting for night stay or en-route.
    
"Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has identified camps located at the holy cave, Panjtarni, Sheshnag and Sangam as the camps where satellite phones and VASAT connectivity is crucial for the conduct and regulation of the Yatra," an official release said.
    
Meanwhile, the process of registration of pilgrims for this year's Shri Amarnathji Yatra, through both Baltal and Pahalgram routes, has started.
    
The Amarnathji Shrine Board, chaired by Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, has notified procedure for registration of pilgrims through bank as without the permit none will be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage.
    
A pilgrim can secure his or her pilgrimage permit through 87 selected branches of the J&K Bank, 305 branches of Punjab National Bank and 38 branches of YES Bank located across the country, an official release said.

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