Govt Gears Up For Annual Amarnath Yatra

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Amarnath Yatris enroute to cave shrine – KO File Pic

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Tuesday reviewed the preparedness for Amarnath Yatra, even as uncertainty over the annual Hindu pilgrimage remains due to coronavirus fears.

An official spokesperson said that though the decision about the annual pilgrimage shall be taken appropriately in due course of time, LG Murmu today reviewed Yatra preparedness. In the review meeting, LG insisted to make sure all basic preparations including health, infrastructure, ration/LPG supply, power, drinking water, security arrangements, telecommunication, Disaster management etc.

While briefing the LG, CEO Shrine Board, Bipul Pathak said that the camp at cave is already established and the snow clearance work has been completed.

“The Base Camp Baltal and the Neelgrath helipad are likely to be ready within next week. SASB is making arrangements for the live telecast of the morning and evening Aarti with Doordarshan,” Pathak informed the meeting.

LG’s advisor Baseer Ahmad Khan gave a detailed presentation on arrangements done by various departments, the official spokesperson said.

“He informed that the 80% work on Baltal track is done. Five out of seven bridges are launched, verification of service providers by Police has been done and they are ready to be deployed. A new helipad at Lower Cave (1.2 km short of the Holy Cave) is being constructed by Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) for which the Lt Governor asked to get it ready by 30th June, 2020,” the official spokesperson said.

Khan further informed the meeting that the requisite arrangements by various line departments are underway and the ground level staff will be mobilized within couple of days.

Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam asked the SASB and Tourism Department, the nodal departments for the Yatra, to put in place all the facilities and arrangements required for the Yatra.

“The LG further directed that all the rituals with morning and evening Pooja/ Arti shall take place at the Holy Cave with effect from 5th July (Vyas Poornima) to 3rd August (Raksha Bandhan). He exhorted upon all the officers to put in their best efforts to make the arrangements ready for the Yatra and appreciated the work already done,” the official spokesperson added.

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