Governor reviews Yatra arrangements


Srinagar, June 21: Governor N N Vohra Friday visited Sheshnag, Chandanwari and Nunwan camps on Pahalgam route to review arrangements for Shri Amarnath Yatra commencing on June 28.
The Governor, accompanied by Navin K Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board, inspected arrangements at Sheshnag and Chandanwari camps. He also inspected arrangements at the Nunwan Base Camp and held a high level review meeting.
Expressing satisfaction over the arrangements for annual Yatra, the Governor asked the concerned departments to complete the pending work before June 26 so that logistics are put in place before the commencement of the Yatra. He said, if required, additional manpower be pressed into service to complete the task immediately.
The Governor directed that all the Medical Centres at the Base Camps and en route must be made functional immediately. He said that ration and all other essential commodities be stocked at all the camps expeditiously.
He reiterated that no Yatri without valid registration should be allowed to cross the Access Control Gates.
The Governor stressed on the Camp Directors and Additional Camp Directors to maintain security, cleanliness and effective sanitation within their Camp areas and asked them to maintain round the clock contact with the Shrine Board Control Room and with the other Camps to ensure that any problem is resolved without any delay whatsoever.
While reviewing track status, the Governor asked the CEO, Pahalgam Development Authority, to particularly focus on the difficult stretches on the Chandanwari-Sheshnag-Panjtarni-Sangam-Cave axis and gave directions regarding the positioning of Mountain Rescue Teams to help the Yatris.
The Governor had an extensive inspection of Sheshnag and Nunwan Base Camps and reviewed the status of all the arrangements and issued on the spot instructions for bringing further improvements in the facilities wherever required.
During his inspection of the Nunwan Base Camp, the Governor particularly reviewed the medicare arrangements, water and power supply, paths, toilets and baths, Sewage Treatment Plant, sanitation and langar facilities. He asked the Langarwallas to ensure cleanliness and hygienic conditions in and around their Langars.
Other arrangements which were reviewed included provision of facilities at the Mir Bazar and Walnut Factory Transit Camps, status of Khanabal-Pahalgam and Pahalgam-Chandanwari roads, transport and traffic arrangements, Public Address System, Fire and Emergency Services, telecommunication, security, weather forecast, etc.
Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor and CEO of the Shrine Board, said that today’s visit of the Governor was to review the arrangements on the ground well before the commencement of the Yatra. He said that all the concerned Government Departments and other agencies have worked hard and are in the process of completing their arrangements, adding that whatever remains to be done would be completed in the next 2-3 days, well before the commencement of the Yatra.

Amid intelligence inputs of militant threat to Amarnath Yatra, the Army today reviewed security measures for the smooth conduct of the annual pilgrimage to the 3,880 meter high cave shrine.
"A security conference was organised today by Counter Insurgency Force (Delta) to co-ordinate security issues with various agencies involved in providing security and other administrative arrangements for smooth conduct of the Amarnath Yatra," a defence spokesman said here.
The conference was chaired by Officiating General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Counter Insurgency Force (Delta), Brig H S Faujdar.
Brig Faujdar assured the civil administration of all Army support for the smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra, the spokesman said.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Ramban, representatives of Jammu Kashmir Police and CRPF, apart from other officers of the Army were also present on the occasion.
“The important issues discussed during the conference were deployment of additional resources by the Civil Administration in terms of temporary accommodation, health facilities, recovery elements in case of accidents, langars and toilet facilities,” the spokesman said.
“Issues related to traffic management including placement of heavy recovery vehicles, additional Police Check Posts, catering for jams at choke points, treatment of casualties and their evacuation to nearest hospitals, security arrangements by the Army, CRPF and Police, deployment of additional manpower, if any, and reaction of the security forces in case of contingency were also discussed,” he said.
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt General K T Parnaik has said the Army has received inputs that militants might try to disrupt the yatra.
“Intelligence inputs which we are receiving suggest that they have intentions to disrupt the yatra,” he had said on Monday.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, however, said there was no increased threat perception to this year's Amarnath yatra compared to previous years and fears of attack as reported in the media were "gross exaggeration".
“While we will take all the regular precautions with a multi layer security grid, 'yatra attack feared' headlines are a gross exaggeration,” Omar wrote yesterday on the micro-blogging site

Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Jun 2013 00:00:00 IST

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