Governor N N Vohra and Chairman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, reviewed the ongoing AmarnathYatra which commenced on 2nd July 2016. The Governor was informed that till 29th July, 2016, 2,59,948 pilgrims had been registered through 432 branches of Punjab National Bank, J&K Bank and YES Bank located in 32 States and UTs and 56,474 Yatris secured registration at the On–spot Registration counters which have been set up at Jammu and Srinagar. Till 29th July, total 2,11,707 pilgrims had Darshan at the Holy Cave.
The Governor has directed CEO to direct Additional CEO, General Manager(Works) and General Manager(Sanitation) to visit all the Yatra Camps, from 1st August onwards along with representatives of the PDA and PWD(R&B) to closely review the management of sanitation and solid wastes in each Camp and along the tracks and a Cleanliness Drive should be launched. The Shrine Board team has also been directed to review the preparedness of the concerned Departments to undertake the remaining works after the Yatra concludes on 18th August.
The Governor has directed CEO to personally review and obtain feedback from each of the various stakeholders, State Government Departments and Camp Directors regarding the improvements required to be carried out for Yatra 2017. The Governor also directed CEO to ensure complete cleaning up of all Camp sites and to also start preparing a Camp wise and route-wise Action Plan for Yatra 2017, keeping in view the experiences gained during this year's pilgrimage.
In the context of the recent developments in the Valley, Governor has directed the DGP to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of the pilgrims and instructed the CEO to re-iterate advise to the pilgrims to strictly follow the instructions issued by the local authorities and not move away on their own from the secured areas.
The Governor has directed CEO to yet again caution all potential pilgrims to take into account the harsh climatic and terrain conditions in the high altitude Yatra area and prepare themselves fully before embarking on the pilgrimage. CEO informed the Governor that till date 16 Yatris and 2 Service Providers had lost their lives in the Yatra area due to medical reasons and 2 Yatris have died due to a bus accident at Chandanwari. With a view to ensure timely medical services to Yatris, a total of 67 Medical Camps have been setup on the two Yatra routes.