Amarnath yatra: Guv assesses status of snow melting

Last Updated: Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 21:53

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN
Vohra on Sunday undertook an aerial reconnaissance of two routes
to the holy cave shrine of Amaranth to assess the status of
snow melting and inspected ongoing works at camps along the

"The Governor, who is also the chairman of the Shri
Amarnath Shrine Board, conducted an aerial visit for getting a
first hand infomation about the melting of snow on Baltal and
Pahalgam routes," an official spokesman said.

Vohra inspected the Baltal base camp and reviewed the
ongoing work relating to internal pathways, accommodation for
pilgrims, toilets, baths and water and electric supplies.

The official yatra is scheduled to commence on June
29 but several right-wing outfits like the VHP have threatened
to start the annual pilgrimage on June 15.

The Governor directed the Shrine Board CEO to ensure
deployment of adequate workforce for clearing snow and making
fully operational yatra tracks.

"Once the tracks are made operational, all requisite
facilities should be put on ground at camps and in the shrine
area," the Governor said.

He directed that rate cards for hiring ponies and
labourers, and helicopter fares must be prominently displayed
at various locations for the benefit of pilgrims.


First Published: Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 21:53

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