Srinagar- The Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh on Thursday took an aerial view of Gangbal and its adjoining areas, besides reviewing security arrangements for the annual yatra to high-altitude Harmukh-Gangbal lake, beginning Friday.
Accompanied by SSP Ganderbal Nikhil Borkar, the DGP also interacted with the jurisdictional officers at Naranag and discussed arrangements put in place for the yatra, a police spokesperson said Thursday.
Singh, he said, interacted with the pilgrims and also paid obeisance at Naranag Temple and Naranag Spring.
The annual yatra to Harmukh-Gangbal Lake, which Kashmiri Pandits consider as the abode of Lord Shiva, will be flagged off on Friday.
During the interaction at Naranag, the police spokesperson said, AIG Tech/Commn Manoj Kumar Pandith, Major 34RR Lavesh Kumar, Addl. SP Ganderbal Aijaz Ahmad Malik, SDPO Kangan Muzaffar Jan, Assistant commandant Gagan Singh of 118 BN CRPF were also present.
The officers, he said, briefed the DGP regarding the arrangements made for the successful conduct of the yatra.
“The DGP emphasized maintaining high level of coordination to conduct the Yatra smoothly and said that strict adherence to security protocols be ensured for the yatra in a desired manner. He directed that all possible assistance should be provided to the yatris,” he said.
According to the spokesperson, the DGP instructed the officers to supervise the arrangements personally with proper briefing to the deployed personnel in their respective enroute and base camp.
Singh, he said, also directed to strengthen communication network and real time coordination and dissemination of information, besides reviewed the services provided for smooth and hassle free pilgrimage of yatris.
The DGP also interacted with the pilgrims at Naranag base camp and enquired about the facilities and arrangements available.
The annual pilgrimage to the Harmukh-Gangbal situated at an elevation of 3570 meters starts from Naranag area of Kangan in Ganderbal district. After performing Puja at Naranag temple, devotees set on 15-km journey on foot to Gangabal Lake, which is located around 14,500 feet above sea level in the Harmukh mountain range. The pilgrims track to Gangbal via Butchari and Trunkhal. On reaching, Puja is performed on the banks of Gangbal lake following which the pilgrims returns the next day.
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