Amarnath Yatra: Govt Expects Big Yatra This Year

Yatris enroute to cave shrine - File Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar- The Jammu and Kashmir government is expecting large numbers of pilgrims in the upcoming annual Amarnath Yatra owing to pandemic restrictions in previous years, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Pandurang K Pole said Friday.

The Div Com made this assessment while chairing a meeting
to review the status for Amarnath Yatra, 2022 arrangements by various departments, an official spokesperson said.

Pole, he said, directed officers to take slew of measures in advance for smooth conduct of the Yatra and directed them to complete the tendering process and start works from 1st week of April.

“Besides, he directed them to prepare specific progress report of work achieved by them. Div Com directed for augmentation of infrastructure as the yatra is expected to take place at large scale owing to pandemic restrictions in previous years,” he said.

According to the spokesperson, the Div Com also issued directions to the Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag and Ganderbal to visit sites and take stock of the facilities, including accommodation, drinking water, electricity and sanitation for the pilgrims.

Pole, he said, was briefed by ADCs about the augmentation of facilities compared to the previous years to cater to the maximum number of Yatris.

“He was informed by CEOs Pahalgam Development Authority and Sonmarg Development Authorities that the tendering process for sanitation, solid waste management, renovation of bridges has already been initiated besides additional number of mobile toilets have also been procured,” he said.

According to the spokesperson, the Div Com enjoined on concerned officers to carry sustained sanitation activity throughout the Yatra period.

“Div Com also directed GM, BSNL to provide communication service twenty days before the beginning of yatra so the engineers, staff and workers don't face any difficulty during working,” he added.

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