Jammu: A senior government officer on Saturday stressed the need for close coordination among various
departments to ensure fool-proof security arrangements for
smooth conduct of the annual Amarnath yatra beginning June 29.
"There is need for close coordination between different
departments for ensuring fool-proof arrangements for smooth
conduct of the yatra," Divisional Commissioner of Jammu Pawan
Kotwal said at meeting of officers of various department in
connection with the yatra at Udhampur, 65 kms from here.
Briefing Kotwal about the different arrangements already
put in place by the administration, District Development
Commissioner Baseer Khan said a joint control room has been
set up and an officer of the rank of Assistant Commissioner
has been put as a nodel officer for monitoring the yatra.
Khan said additional control rooms have been set up along
Jammu-Srinagar highway at Tikri and Chenani police stations.
To meet any emergency situations, health department would
augment medical facilities at Tikri, Rehmble, Udhampur,
Chenani and Kud health centres with ambulances and doctors.
In case of bad weather and closure of highways,
arrangements have been made for lodging.
The Divisional Commissioner has also directed the
officers to conduct regular checking at markets to ensure that
pilgrims are not over-charged by shopkeepers.
The Amarnath yatra will begin from June 29 and will
conclude on August 13 and first batch of pilgrims will leave
from Jammu base camp for the cave shrine on June 28.
Over 2.25 lakh pilgrims have been registered for yatra