Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Friday that his administration is planning to construct Yatri Niwas in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir to ensure comfortable stay for pilgrims who visit Valley for the annual Amarnath pilgrimage from all over the world.
The LG made these remarks while laying the foundation stone of office-cum Yatri Niwas of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) here today at Pantha Chowk, Srinagar, an official spokesperson said. The new facility would be built over 25 kanal land in a period of 18 months and will be able to accommodate over 3000 pilgrims once completed.
According to the official spokesperson, the LG while speaking on the occasion observed that the prestigious project is aimed at ensuring comfortable stay of pilgrims at Srinagar who come from all over the world for the holy annual pilgrimage.
“It will also act as an Information Centre for the guidance of pilgrims, besides many similar works would be completed for smooth conduct of the yatra,” said Sinha, who is also the SASB Chairman
“The government of J&K is initiating various services, along with the infrastructural development to provide a memorable experience to millions of devotees of Shri Amarnathji,” he added.
As per the official spokesperson, the LG also said that his administration is planning to construct Yatri Niwas in various parts of the UT, besides a permanent office and a bigger Yatri Niwas will soon come up at Jammu to facilitate a large number of visiting devotees.
“Another Yatri Niwas with the capacity to accommodate 3200 yatris is coming up at Chanderkote, District Ramban,” Sinha said, as per official spokesperson, adding “With modern facilities and conducive environment being created, the day is not far when the Yatris visiting Shri Amarnathji shrine would cross the 10 lakh mark which will also make a greater impact on the economy of J&K,”
The LG, he said, also stated that a study was also being conducted for exploring feasibility of a ropeway at Shri Amarnathji Shrine.
According to the official spokesperson, Nitishwar Kumar, Chief Executive officer of the Board termed the project as a historic development.
“This was a long pending demand from various organizations and stakeholders for having a dedicated Yatri Niwas for Shri Amarnathji Yatris,” Kumar said, while highlighting the recent developments made by SASB for facilitating Shri Amarnathji Yatris.
Mahant Deependra Giri also spoke on the occasion and said that the upcoming Yatri Niwas is a much-needed facility to accommodate Shri Amarnathji yatris.
Earlier, as per the official spokesperson, the LG launched "Shri Amarnath Ishwaram", an iconic and signature video song on Shri Amarnathji and dedicated the same to the devotees of Shri Amarnathji on the auspicious occasion of Shravan Shivratri. Released under the banner of T-Series, the video song was composed by Aman Pant, while devotees worldwide can experience the powerful Shiva mantra in the voice of renowned singer Sachet Tandon.
During his address, he said, the LG observed that the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s devotional song reflects the divine journey of Lord Shiva with Mata Parvati to the Holy cave and narrates the route of the divine journey with the religious significance of places en route.
“This devotional track will also make the devotees feel spiritually connected with the divine Lord,” Sinha said. He also prayed for the well-being of the people of the UT.
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