Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government
today set up a high powered committee to review existing
facilities to Amarnath pilgrims and for making suggestions to
upgrade and expand infrastructure for the annual yatra from
"B R Sharma, Principal Secretary (Home), Kuldeep Khoda,
Director General of Police, B B Vyas, Principal Secretary to
the Chief Minister, Principal Secretary Planning, Sudhanshu
Pandey, Commissioner-Secretary, Finance and R K Goyal,
Principal Secretary to the Governor have been nominated as
members of the high powered committee," an official spokesman
He said the decision to this effect was taken at a meeting
between Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah
during which several cabinet ministers were also present.
Goyal, who is also Chief Executive Officer of the Shri
Amarnath Shrine Board, will be the Convener of the Committee,
the spokesman said.
The newly constituted committee will assess the adequacy
of the existing infrastructure facilities and prepare a
well-considered action plan regarding expansion and
upgradation of existing infrastructure and the establishment
of new facilities for ensuring the pilgrims a safe and
The spokesman said the meeting felt that keeping in view
the loss of 107 lives during the Yatra 2011, it was necessary
to identifying and implement appropriate measures for
improving the regulation of the pilgrimage.
Other matters which were discussed included upgradation
and strengthening of medicare facilities for the Yatris at the
Base Camps, camps enroute and in the Holy Cave area and
augmentation of drinking water and power supply, he said.