The journey of Mata Vaishno Devi has been closed for the last 2 months due to the lockdown across the country. Which has a direct impact on the business of Katra, the base of Mother Vaishno Devi, who is completely dependent on the journey.
The business of Katra based entirely on Vaishno Devi Yatra has severely deteriorated due to the closure of the yatra. According to an estimate, Katra Vaishno Devi trade has suffered a loss of Rs 600 crore in the lockdown of the three phases due to the closure of the Vaishno Devi Yatra.
Jai Mata’s cheers and the devotion of devotees have left the Dharmanagri Katra Corona eclipse during these summer months. All hotels, small and big, have silence.
Merchants of Kashmiri Pashmina shawls are also seeing themselves desolate with dry eyes. In the year 2019, 6 lakh 90 thousand 893 in the month of April, 8 lakh 7 thousand 125 in the month of May, 11 lakh 59 thousand 715 in June and 8 lakh 45 thousand 71 devotees visited Mata Vaishno Devi in the month of July. That is, in the 4 months of this peak season of summer, 35 lakh 2 thousand 804 devotees came to Mata Vaishno Devi, while this year due to the eclipse of Corona, this number is zero.
Businesses associated with the religious tourism industry say that local business is losing 10 to 11 crores daily due to the stoppage of travel.
With the visit of Mata Vaishno Devi, the employment of nearly 2 lakh people selling carts, hawkers, parcels, horse pithas, palanquins, big and small shopkeepers, hotels, restaurants, dry fruits and shawls is getting affected.