SRINAGAR, INDIA, November 11, 2023 ( The state Border Roads Organization (BRO) has responded to environmental concerns raised in Jammu and Kashmir, asserting that the widened tracks leading to the Amarnath cave are not intended for motor vehicular movement, though motorized vehicles and excavation equipment has been used for the work. The widening of tracks leading to the cave aligns with the directives of the Supreme Court of India issued in 2012. The court mandated sufficient widening to facilitate pedestrian traffic, alleviate congestion, enhance critical stretches, and incorporate safety measures such as railings and retaining walls, all while considering environmental concerns. The BRO clarified that the widening efforts are focused on tracks intended for the movement of yatris on foot, by palkis/dandies, and on ponies.