Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N
Vohra on Wednesday reviewed the arrangements made for pilgrims
travelling to Amarnath cave shrine and stressed on effective
maintenance of sanitation and cleanliness at the base camps
and halting station along the route.
Vohra, who is also chairman of the Shri Amarnathji
Shrine Board, reviewed the arrangements at a meeting with
CEO of the board R K Goyal, Additional CEO Preet Pal Singh and
other officers concerned here, an official spokesman said.
The annual 46-day pilgrimage commenced on June 29 and
scheduled to conclude on August 13 coinciding with the Hindu
Festival `Raksha Bhandhan`. So far, a record number of 5.83
lakh pilgrims had paid their obeisance at the cave shrine,
housing the naturally formed ice-shivlingam.
The Governor directed effective maintenance of sanitation
and cleanliness at all the Camps in the Yatra area and,
besides, cleanliness along both the Yatra routes.
Goyal informed the meeting that a number of workers are
currently engaged for ensuring sanitation on round the clock
basis and, besides, all the Camp Directors have been asked to
launch a week-long special cleanliness drive in their
respective Camps and ensure the appropriate disposal of all
bio-degradable and non-bio-degradable wastes.
The Governor asked the CEO to ensure that all the Camps
are cleared of all types of solid wastes by August 20, within
a week of the conclusion of the Yatra.
The Governor said he will be visiting all the Camps in
coming days to view the level of cleanliness.
Goyal said the officials of the Shrine Board, various
State Government Departments, Army, Para-military Forces and
the State Police have been performing their duties in close
coordination, for the smooth conduct of the pilgrimage.
The Shrine Board would be undertaking a Post-Yatra
Review involving senior officials of each of the concerned
agencies soon after the conclusion of the Yatra with a view to
eliciting their views and suggestions for bringing about
progressive improvements in the future Yatras, the CEO said.