Lt. Gen. SubrataSaha, GOC 15 Corps, met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.
The GOC briefed the Governor about the ongoing search and rescue operations being carried out around the Baltal Base Camp, with Army's full assistance.
The Governor thanked Gen. Saha for his prompt personal initiatives to deal with the unforeseen disaster due to cloud burst and heavy rains at Baltal last night.
The Governor and Lt. Gen. Saha also discussed issues relating to the internal security situation.
VOHRA REVIEWS SITUATION AT BALTAL:
Following the situation which has emerged at Baltal Base Camp consequent to heavy rains and a cloud burst last night, Governor NNVohra, who is the Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), convened an urgent review meeting this morning at the Raj Bhavan.
P.K. Tripathi, CEO, SASB informed the Governor that the heavy rains and a cloud burst in the higher reaches of the area adjoining the Baltal Base Camp last night had led to a huge down flow of debris which covered the entire area adjoining the main gate of the Baltal Base Camp.
Vohra asked the CEO to airlift, at the Shrine Board's cost, all seriously injured persons and arrange their best medical treatment. As directed by Vohra, Jatindra Kumar Singh Additional CEO SASB left for Baltal early morning. ShowkatAijazBhat, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal and Imtiaz Ismail, SSP Ganderbal, also reached Baltal early morning for supervising the rescue and relief operations.
The Sonamarg-Ghumri road is closed to vehicular traffic following damages caused by several landslides and the Border Roads Organization has been directed to deploy its men and machinery to remove blockades and ensure the earliest possible opening of the road.