Construct Amarnath Track On Priority Basis: KPs to Govt

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Jammu – An organisation representing displaced Kashmiri Pandits today urged the Jammu and Kashmir government to start construction of track from Pahalgam to Amarnath cave shrine on priority basis to avoid pilgrim casualties.

“We impress upon the government to initiate action for construction of track from Pahalgam to Amarnath cave shrine on priority basis so as to avoid casualties of the pilgrims,” Patron of Soan Kashmir Front, S L Pandita, said at Jagti Migrant camp in outskirts of Jammu city today.

Pandita said during the past years many pilgrims lost their lives while travelling on this hilly track which has necessitated construction of a proper road from Pahalgam to Amarnath shrine.

“We also demand construction of Yatri Bhawans along the track to facilitate smooth night stay for pilgrims during their yatra,” he said.

He alleged those who are objecting to construction of road from Pahalgam to Amarnath had vested interests and “should not be tolerated”.

He appealed the government to provide a safe and secure place in Kashmir Valley for permanent rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Pandits besides granting one-time compensation for the losses suffered by the migrants during past 23 years.

Pandita stressed upon the government to immediately remove encroachments on properties of religious places and shrines in the Valley and migrants’ properties.

He appealed to the government to allot shops to migrants who were running their business activities in different migrant camps in Jammu. (Agencies)

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