Work on widening of Baltal-Amarnath cave track speeded up

A security personnel keeps watch as Hindu devotees trek along mountains near Baltal area towards Amarnath cave.
A security personnel keeps watch as Hindu devotees trek along mountains near Baltal area towards Amarnath cave. File: Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: J&K government transferred tracks leading to Amarnath holy cave to Border Roads Organisation for development, maintenance and management on 6 September 2022.

Within a month of track being handed over to BRO, a significant change can be observed in the initial stretch of the track. As part of Project Beacon's restoration and widening of 13.2 km Amarnath Yatra track, narrow stretches and critical slide points are being repaired and widened on a war footing basis.

Project Beacon has deployed its men and machinery in the Baltal - Holy cave route for its upliftment to achieve significant progress before the onset of winters.

Men and machinery were stage forwarded by Project Beacon to Domail on 13 September for starting restoration activities. The work on the track commenced on 29 September after a joint survey was carried out by all the concerned departments with BRO.

Amidst various challenges posed by the terrain and weather, the pace of activities for restoration and improvement of track remains uninterrupted and target milestones are being achieved and monitored on a daily basis.

The primary focus of personnel of Project Beacon is to initially increase the track width at slide points and critical/risky stretches.

By improving the gradient, stabilizing slide points and continuing permanent works on the track in future courses of action, the track will be revamped to minimize travel time and minimize hazardous incidents.

 In terms of progress, as on date formation cutting on the initial stretch of 3.8 km is under progress. Dozers, excavators, rock breakers and tractors are deployed all along the stretch for improvement activities.

The Chief Engineer of Beacon visited the site to review progress and to take stock of improvement activities happening on ground. He motivated the team to work with full enthusiasm and give their best to improve the present status of track with high quality standards. Never before has this kind of heavy equipment and machinery been inducted ahead of Domail.

Project Beacon is continuously working to improve the road infrastructure in Kashmir Valley.

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