Governor reviews Yatra arrangements at Base Camps

Srinagar, May 14: Governor NN Vohra, who is also the Chairman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) Tuesday visited the Yatra Base Camps at Baltal and Pahalgam and conducted an aerial survey of the entire Yatra route to review the snow situation and preparedness for making timely arrangements for the upcoming pilgrimage, which will commence on 28th of June.
 An official spokesman said the Governor inspected the ongoing construction work of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) at the Baltal and Nunwan Yatra Base Camps and directed the concerned officials to complete it well before the commencement of the Yatra.
 He also inspected the treatment blocks being constructed for the treatment of wastes from the Langars. The Governor hoped that with the completion of the STPs at the Base Camps and the flows from the toilet blocks and Langars being connected to the STPs would eliminate concerns about environmental pollution. He also directed that all the toilets, at every Camp location, should be connected to proper waste disposal systems and foolproof arrangements should be made for maintaining cleanliness of toilet facilities.
 The Governor directed the CEOs of Pahalgam Development Authority and Sonamarg Development Authority to make effective arrangements for the daily collection and dumping of garbage and stressed the need to identify suitable dumping sites and making all arrangements for the disposal of garbage on scientific lines.
 The Governor was informed that considering the heavy rush during entire summer due to the Yatra and the tourist season, a Project Report for the identification and development of suitable garbage disposal sites near Pahalgam and Sonamarg has been prepared and the necessary clearance in this regard is being obtained.
 While reviewing the arrangements for providing medical facilities to the pilgrims, the Governor impressed upon the Chief Medical Officers of Anantnag and Ganderbal districts to set up medical camps with adequate manpower, equipments and medicines. He also directed that each medical centre should have proper toilet facilities as well as water supply connections. He asked both the Deputy Commissioners to ensure effective coordination in this regard.
 The Governor asked Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag and Ganderbal to make sure that the requisite permission for the setting up of tents and shops are granted to deserving eligible persons from the local areas as per the laid down guidelines, in a transparent manner.
 He asked the Deputy Commissioners to make sure that Lay-Out Plans prepared for all the Camp locations are strictly adhered to and permissions are granted accordingly.
 The Governor stressed on the Police Authorities of the two districts to ensure that all regulatory measures are undertaken to ensure that only registered Yatris are able to cross the Access Control Gates at Chandanwari and Baltal. He also stressed that under no circumstances Yatris should be allowed to move beyond the Access Control Gates after the cut-off time fixed for the day.
 The Governor has also directed Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to coordinate with Army authorities to make shifting of Baltal Helipad to Neelgrath possible with effect from Yatra 2014. This move will help decongest Baltal Base Camp.
 The Review Meeting at Anantnag besides Principal Secretary to Governor and CEO, SASB, Navin K. Choudhary, was attended by DIG Anantnag, Vijay Kumar, DC Anantnag, Farooq Lone, SSP, Anantnag, Ramesh Jalla, CEO, PDA, Nissar Wani, Addl. CEO, SASB, PP Singh and concerned District officers of different departments.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 IST

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