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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 1:06 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 1:06 AM (IST)

Guv visits Yatri Niwas, reviews Amarnath yatra arrangements

Guv visits Yatri Niwas, reviews Amarnath yatra arrangements
Governor NN Vohra reviews Amarnath yatra arrangements at Yatri Niwas in Jammu on Wednesday. Tribune Photo

Tribune News Service

Jammu, April 20

Governor NN Vohra, Chairman of the Shri Amaranath Shrine Board (SASB), visited Yatri Niwas at Bhagwati Nagar and chaired a meeting of officers of all departments and agencies concerned to review the arrangements being made for this year’s Amarnath yatra.

As earlier notified, the yatra is scheduled to commence on June 29, simultaneously along both Baltal and Chandanwari routes to the shrine.

The Governor reviewed the arrangements underway for the yatra from the Lakhanpur check post to Jammu and thereafter up to Banihal Pass. Among these are arrangements for the reception of yatris at the Jammu railway station and the bus stand; arrangements for on-spot registration of the pilgrims who arrive without having secured advance registration; the requirements of accommodation, catering, hygiene, sanitation, etc.

He directed the district and divisional authorities to ensure satisfactory arrangements in regard to water, power supply, garbage disposal, medicare, transport and all other requirements for the pilgrims. He also directed the Tourism Department to make adequate provision of lockers for the safe custody of the belongings of pilgrims.

For facilitating the stay of yatris at Jammu, Pawan Kotwal, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, apprised the Governor that a project had been prepared for air-conditioning the three-storey building of Yatri Niwas.

The Governor directed the Secretary, Tourism, to timely consider establishing a food court within or near the complex, which could offer a variety of cuisines to the yatris, and to set up tourism counters to encourage and enable the yatris to visit tourist destinations in and around Jammu.

He also directed that an adequate number of on-spot registration counters should be timely set up at Saraswati Dham and Jammu Haat; a strict check is exercised on the fares charged from the yatris using public transport from the transit camps to the on-spot registration counters; pamphlets containing dos and don’ts and relevant information about available facilities, routes, distances, fares, etc, printed in Hindi and English, should be distributed to all pilgrims. He also directed that signage should be displayed at prominent locations for guiding yatris.

The Governor asked the Divisional Commissioner to ensure that adequate arrangements were made for the yatris at all the transit camps, to particularly take care of any emergency situations. He asked Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SASB, to timely convene a similar review meeting with the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, and officers of all departments and agencies to ensure that all required arrangements were timely put in place in the Valley, from Banihal Pass to Pahalgam and Sonamarg, respectively.

Vohra directed, SD Singh, Inspector General of Police, Jammu Division, to ensure that all necessary security-related arrangements for the smooth conduct of the yatra were made well in time. He had a round of the Yatri Niwas complex and inspected the facilities available there.


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