CEO SASB for synergised efforts to facilitate Amarnath pilgrims

Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor and Chief Executive Officer Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) Nitishwar Kumar Wednesday called for synergised efforts for providing best facilities to the pilgrims during Amarnath Yatra-2021.

He was reviewing the preparedness for the pilgrimage with the officers of the Board here at Raj Bhavan.  The CEO was briefed by Additional CEO SASB, AnupSoni about the camp-wise facilities available for the Yatris and steps being taken to further augment the same. He also apprised the CEO that the tenders  for various works on Pahalgam axis have been floated as per the approved work programme and those for Baltal axis are under process. The chair was informed that the works would be executed once the tracks are opened by the Public Works Department on Baltal side and Pahalgam Development Authority on Pahalgam side.

The CEO was also briefed about the enhancement of carrying capacity of Lower cave and Brarimarg camp; prepaid system for hiring of ponies/palki services; Radio-Frequency based tracking and surveillance of the Yatris, registration arrangements for Yatris and Service providers; Heli service arrangements and installation of Langars in the Yatra area.

He directed the officers to complete the tendering process at the earliest and provide improved facilities to the Yatris. He asked the officers to explore the possibility of running battery-operated cars in the Yatra area.  He further instructed that main stress should be given to hygiene and sanitation of the camps and tracks en-route.

The CEO impressed upon the concerned officers to ensure that advance action is taken to complete registration of Ponies, Pony-wallas, Dandi-wallas and Palki-wallas and to ensure that no person embarks on the Yatra tracks unauthorized.

He also directed to ensure that both the Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag and Ganderbal districts issue timely permissions for pitching of tents and shops.