SRINAGAR, JULY 31: The Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board met here today under the chairmanship of Governor N. N. Vohra, Chairman of the Board. The Governor called for sustained efforts to further improve the facilities provided to the pilgrims who undertake this annual pilgrimage.
The meeting was attended by Members of the Board, Dr. (Prof.) Ved Kumari Ghai, Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Ms. Sunita Narain, Mr. Vijay Dhar, Dr. Chander Mouli Raina, Pt. Bhajan Sopori, and Mr. D. C. Raina, and by Mr P.K Tripathi, CEO and Mr. Jitendra K. Singh, Additional CEO of the Board.
The Members expressed concern over the recurring stoppages of the pilgrimage due to blockage of Sonamarg-Baltal road due to landslides and mud slides following cloud bursts on this route and, in this context, stressed the importance of a more advanced weather forecasting system being set up in Kashmir.
Mr. Tripathi, CEO, made a detailed presentation on the various important aspects of Yatra 2015, highlighting the initiatives taken for bringing about progressive improvements in the logistical and other arrangements for the pilgrimage.
While discussing the arrangements made for provision of health care facilities, Members were informed that the CEO, with the Chairmans endorsement, had issued a standing order for any pilgrim or service provider who took seriously ill in the Yatra area to be airlifted to Srinagar, at the Shrine Boards cost, and provided the best available medical treatment. Members suggested that the CEO should also explore the possibility of medical care being provided during aerial evacuation of the sick person.