Depoliticise Amarnath pilgrimage: Tarigami

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Srinagar | Expressing concern over the growing petty politics on Amarnath pilgrimage, the CPI(M) today said the annual yatra must be conducted keeping in view the standards set in the environmental policy of the country. In a statement issued here, CPI(M) state secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami appealed to the environmentalists to come forward and suggest how to address their concerns.

The collection and disposal of solid waste during yatra period is a problem area which needs to be focused on, he said. Similarly, measures can be suggested by the environmental experts for the protection and conservation of our fragile environment in the Himalayan region, he added. Taking a dig at the vested interests raking up unfounded construction issues on way to Amarnath Shrine, Mr Tarigami said the whole issue needs to be de-politicised in the best interests of the public.

Sharing his concern to ensure good health and well-being of the pilgrims, Mr Tarigami said he believed yatra must be conducted in accordance with the environmental and forest policy of the state which caters to the needs and facilities to be provided to the pilgrims. Mr Tarigami expected the government to take care of the fragile environment in the cave.

“Just like the principles of conservation of environment and administrative facilitation in the Gangotri pilgrimage and the larger conservation plans for the Ganga River are applied to the pilgrimage, we expect the state government to applysimilar standards in pilgrimage to the holy shrine”, he said. He advised the government to get a group of environmental experts both within and outside the state to study the impact of the unregulated pilgrim rush on the ecology of the shrine area and recommend measures to be taken to regulate the same keeping in view the environmental concerns of the people. He also advised men in uniform to be confined to their own duties and desist from coming into public over the sensitive issues.

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