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vaishno devi 2020 ground report from katra | Earlier, 30 thousand passengers used to reach daily, now barely 300, crores of dryfruit got spoiled.

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area15 minutes agoAuthor: Akshay Bajpai

In the streets where there was no place to set foot in Katra, there is such desolation.

  • The Shrine Board gave permission to the Darshan to 15 thousand passengers every day, but only two hundred and three hundred passengers are reaching
  • Katra is unable to reach the trains due to the ongoing farmer movement in Punjab, the shock of the closure of the Inter State Bus Service

Butter Singh has been selling glass bangles in Katra for the last twenty years. Bus stands used to stand near by and the entire goods were sold there. It was normal for him to earn three hundred to four hundred rupees in a day. But now his life has changed completely. Earlier, where entire goods were sold standing and standing, now, even after wandering throughout the day, savings of fifty to hundred rupees are being made.

Only a few travelers are reaching Katra, so they go to the nearby village selling butter bangles. They say, never seen such days in twenty years. This trend has been going on since the lockdown in March. Now the lockdown has been lifted but the passengers have not started, due to which Katra is closed.

The story of Butter Singh is just a hallmark. Right from the five star hotel in Katra of Maa Vaishnodevi to the street vendors, street vendors, everyone is worried. Katra’s 95% economy is run by tourists. Before the Corona period, it was normal for 30 to 40 thousand passengers to arrive here every day. There was peak season between April and July, when the number of passengers reached 60 thousand in one day.

A similar crowd used to take place in Navratri, but this time Corona ruined everything. In the last three months, only 92 thousand passengers have visited the mother’s court. The first so many travelers of Corona visited in three to four days. Many hawkers here have started asking for Saturn, because they have no other option left to feed. Some began to do painting work. If someone goes on wages, some go to the village.

Shops in Katra are thus deserted.  Local people are also not buying because their earnings are closed.

Shops in Katra are thus deserted. Local people are also not buying because their earnings are closed.

Every day one lakh people lived in Katra
The registered population of Katra is ten thousand. 30 to 40 thousand passengers used to come here everyday. There were twenty thousand horsemen. The rest were those who were working here or doing their business. In this way, a lakh people lived in Katra every day. Now the hotel-restaurants are all closed due to the absence of passengers. The bosses who are open are doing all the work, the workers have been discharged.

Horsemen have also gone to daily villages to do daily work. Amit Hira, a jewelery merchant from Katra, says that the Punjab farmer movement broke the back of Katra’s business. Trains are closed due to their movement. Due to which people from states like MP, UP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are not able to come for darshan.

Right now only competent people are coming for darshan, who have their own vehicle. Their number is very less. In November, the time of brotherhood used to travel from Maharashtra every year, but this time also those people did not come. Due to this, the waist of Katra’s economy was completely broken.

Millions of people with dry fruits the loss of
Dryfruits of Jammu are famous all over the country. Those who arrive in Katra to visit the mother, they definitely buy dryfruits. Before March, local shopkeepers had purchased large quantities of dryfruits. When the lockdown occurred, they kept the goods in cold storage. Then the journey started again and brought the goods from there. But the crowd of passengers has not been gathered yet. Due to this the Dryfruits business has lost crores of rupees.

Many goods kept rotting in stores. Local journalist and hotelier Sushil Sharma of Katra says trains are closed. Inter state buses are closed. Passengers are being harassed at the Lakhanpur border. In such a situation, how will the economy of Katra come back on track.

The people of UP, Bihar, who were working here, are suffering from the crisis of employment in their village, Katra is not calling them because the bus is closed here. The hordes of street hawkers and hawkers have arrived. So far, the help that was being given to those people, now gradually it has also stopped.

These are the local people of Katra, who used to sell bangles but they have nothing to do.

These are the local people of Katra, who used to sell bangles but they have nothing to do.

35 to 40 horses died of starvation
In Katra, 35 to 40 horses have died of hunger till now. A horse-mule diet costs 400 to 500 rupees a day. They are fed gram and fruits. But, for the last eight months, the owners were not able to give this diet to their animals, because they themselves had to eat and drink. Between April and July, 15 horse-mules were killed. These people were helped by the Shrine Board in the lockdown.

Diet for animals was also given, but it could not be found in sufficient quantity. Horse-mule association member Sohan Chand says, the entire family of horse-mules earns from the track. Their children sell coins and strips of Mata Rani. The elders play drums on the track. Some people do pittu work. Some pick up the sedan.

It is a whole community, which is dependent on the track itself. All these are on the road due to the journey stopped. According to Katra’s hotelier Rakesh Wazir, the hotel and food and beverages industry is losing four to five crore rupees every day.

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