Governor reviews preparations for Amarnath yatra
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 18:53
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra on Thursday undertook a fresh aerial reconnaissance of both the routes leading to the Amarnath cave shrine and reviewed arrangements at Pahalgam and Baltal halting stations for the annual yatra beginning on June 29.

Accompanied by Chief Executive Officer of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) R K Goyal and Additional CEO Preet Pal Singh, the governor flew from Srinagar for an aerial survey of the track upto Panjtarni, the last halting station en route to the 3880-metre high cave in south Kashmir Himalayas, an official spokesman said.

At the Panjtarni Camp, the governor, who is also the chairman of SASB, spent an hour-and-a-half to review the yatra-related arrangements, particularly with regard to water and power supply and sanitation.

He directed that all arrangements for the yatra must be positioned as per the envisaged timelines and reiterated the need for very close coordination at all levels to facilitate the visiting yatris (pilgrims).

Development Authority personnel deployed at the camp.

The Governor also had aerial reconnaissance of the Baltal route.

On reaching Baltal, the governor went around the Baltal base camp for nearly two hours for a detailed review of the facilities and arrangements being made for ensuring a smooth pilgrimage for devotees, the spokesman said.

Interacting with the officers of the SASB, district administration and the security forces, Vohra reiterated that the safety, security and comfort of the yatris must receive foremost attention while positioning the various yatra-related facilities.

At the base camp, the governor directed officials to accord utmost importance to sanitation and cleanliness.

On this occasion, the CEO informed the governor that the Langar (community kitchen) providers are expected to reach the base camps in the coming week.

He said nearly 2.29 yatris have so far secured their yatra Permits through 149 designated bank branches across the country and Internet-based e-registration facility, for undertaking the 45-day long pilgrimage scheduled to commence on June 29.

The governor, who has been monitoring the arrangements on a daily basis to ensure their completion within the set time frame, had already visited the Baltal and Nunwan base camps, and undertaken aerial reconnaissance during the past weeks to review the track clearance work and completion of arrangements on the ground well ahead of the commencement of the pilgrimage.


First Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 18:53

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