Vohra undertakes aerial recce of Yatra routes

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Srinagar: Governor N N Vohra, Chairman, alongwith Mr. P.K. Tripathi, CEO, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, conducted an aerial survey of the entire Shri Amarnathji Yatra area, along both the routes. He travelled along the Baltal-Domel-Sangam-Panjtarni-Sheshnag-Chandanwari-Pahalgam axis to gain a first hand view of the existing snow accumulation levels.

As of now, the Yatra Camp sites at Holy Cave, Panjtarni and Sheshnag are covered with 6-7 feet of snow and the tracks, from Chandanwari onwards on the Pahalgam axis and from Domel onwards from the Baltal axis would require major clearing and repairs.

The restoration of tracks on the Chandanwari-Holy Cave axis is being taken up by the Pahalgam Development Authority and by the State PWD on the Baltal-Shrine axis. This important work shall be able to gain the required momentum, depending upon sustained fair weather conditions. The Governor impressed upon the concerned agencies to immediately increase the ongoing work and ensure that the tracks are cleared of the snow and all the facilities required for the Yatra are put in place well  in time.

The Governor directed the GM (Works) to ensure that all the toilets and baths, at every Camp location, should be connected to proper waste disposal systems and foolproof arrangements are made for maintaining cleanliness of toilet facilities, at all times.

The CEOs of the Pahalgam and the Sonamarg Development Authorities  would be responsible for making effective arrangements for the daily collection of all garbage which would then be dumped only at the sites which have been identified by the Deputy Commissioners in consultation with the State Government Protection authorities.

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