LG Sinha Reviews Amarnath Yatra Preparations

Fixes June 15 as the timeline for completing all works pertaining to Yatra

Srinagar- Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Saturday that his administration’s priority is to ensure best facilities for the pilgrims participating in the annual Amarnath Yatra which is scheduled to begin next month.

Sinha made these remarks while reviewing the preparations for the annual pilgrimage, at a high-level meeting in Raj Bhawan on Saturday, an official spokesperson said. The meeting was attended by DCs, SSPs and officials of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB).

According to the spokesperson, the LG said that it is the priority of the administration to ensure best facilities for the pilgrims. Sinha, he said, fixed June 15 as the timeline for completing all works pertaining to Amarnath Yatra.

“He further directed for regular monitoring of specific works at Anantnag and Ganderbal. The Lt Governor directed that adequate field staff of the Departments like Jal Shakti and Power should remain available for providing continuous services during the Yatra,” he said.

The spokesperson said that the LG stressed on publicizing the measures and efforts to be employed for ensuring plastic-free environment to protect the ecology.

He said that detailed discussions were also held on ensuring various arrangements including drinking water, pilgrims’ movement, RIFD tracking on all routes, Langar stalls, pony movement, and helicopter service.

“The Lt Governor also directed for augmentation of health infrastructure and implementation of a meticulous traffic plan,” he added.

During the meeting, the spokesperson said, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary impressed on all officers for ensuring impeccable Yatra arrangements.

Mehta, he said, maintained that the annual pilgrimage has a significant impact on the economy of Jammu Kashmir.

“He asked the concerned Deputy Commissioners to check the functionality of public utilities along the Highways and install Welcome Boards and signs for pilgrims coming for the holy yatra of Shri Amarnathji while putting special focus on cleanliness,” he said.

The Chief Secretary, he said, also asked the concerned officers to take the PRI members onboard for making Yatra arrangements in their respective Districts.

“He also said that feedback should also be taken from the visiting pilgrims,” he added.

Pertinently, the Yatra will commence from June 30 this year from both Pahalgam and Baltal routes.

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