DC Srinagar Reviews Ramzan Arrangements  

SRINAGAR- The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad today visited Dargah Hazratbal to review the arrangements for the upcoming holy month of Ramzan.

The Chief Executive Officer, Waqf Board, Mufti Farid-ud Din, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, senior officers from all concerned departments accompanied the DC on the occasion.

The DC on the occasion, impressed upon the concerned officers to ensure all basic amenities including uninterrupted supply of water and electricity besides, cleanliness in and around the Hazratbal Shrine so that devotees do not face any difficulty.

He directed the PDD and the PHE to ensure uninterrupted power and water supply at the shrine particularly during the month of Ramadan. He instructed for provision of standby transformers and generators and mobile water tankers as a backup at the shrine.

The DC asked the SMC authorities to ensure thorough maintenance of cleanliness around the Dargah. He also directed the lighting arrangements around the Shrine and asked the concerned to make all street lights functional with two days.

The DC stressed on making availability of all essential commodities in the markets besides conducting checking on quality and control of prices so that people do not face any difficulty for want of essentials.

He also instructed the concerned authorities to ensure adequate transport and parking facilities besides hassle-free movement of traffic on the shrine routes.

The Health department was directed for setting up a dedicated ambulance with paramedic staff at the Shrine besides arrangements for thermal scanning for safety of the devotees.

Meanwhile DC asked RTO Kashmir to ensure adequate number of vehicles from various stops to facilitate movement of devotees who intend to perform Friday prayers inside Dargah Hazratbal.

DC visits Chatti Padshahi Gurdwara

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, today visited Chatti Padshahi Gurdwara at Rainawari to review the arrangements made for Baisakhi to be celebrated on April 13.

The DC while taking an on-the-spot review of arrangements at the Gurdwara directed concerned departments to ensure all arrangements are put in place well in advance.

The DC instructed for ensuring hassle-free traffic and parking arrangements and uninterrupted supply of electricity and drinking water and directed the concerned departments to ensure proper sanitation and immediate repairing of defunct lights in and around the Gurdwara.

The DC also directed the concerned department to provide required food-grains to the Gurudwara Langar offering free food to devotees on the occasion. He also directed for setting up a medical camp with a dedicated ambulance with paramedic staff at the Gurudwara in addition to facility of thermal scanning on Baisakhi festival at the venue.

Later, the DC instructed the concerned to make adequate transport facility on the occasion, so that devotees face no inconvenience traveling to Chatti Padshahi.

Pertinent to mention that Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara in Srinagar is an important religious centre for Sikhs. It is situated outside the Har Parbat Fort's southern gate and forms an important part of the religious tourism in the city. The legend of this gurudwara associates it with Guru Hargobind – the sixth Sikh Guru and his ardent devotee Mai Bhagbhari. It is said that she yearned for long to get a glimpse of the Guru, who finally visited her. During the visit, he preached the virtues of Sikhism.

The Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee said that all devotees have been instructed to adhere to Covid-19 protocol strictly.

Besides, members of Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee Srinagar, senior officers from Administration were present on the occasion.

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