J&K chief secretary reviews arrangement for Amarnath Yatra

Srinagar, May 30 (PTI) Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Arun Kumar Mehta held a high-level meeting of the civil and police administration on Monday to take stock of arrangements for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra .

Mehta enjoined the officers that the experience of yatris on pilgrimage to the sacred cave be pleasant. All should promote Jammu and Kashmir as a tourist destination, an official spokesperson said.

The chief secretary asked them to ensure that all pilgrims have fast passage through checkpoints and that no yatri have to wait more than 30 minutes to enter base camps.

The meeting was attended by Administrative Secretaries of Interior, Finance, PWD, RDD, Health, Forestry, Culture, Tourism, Divisional Commissioners, ADGPs, Municipal Commissioners, CEO Shri AmarnathJi Shrine Board as well as relevant Deputy Commissioners from both Divisions.

Officers based in Jammu participated in the meeting via video conference.

Mehta urged agents to expedite the process of starting online registration for helicopter services.

He ordered the shrine council to work to offer this facility to future yatris from June 1. He also asked them to notify soon the tariffs of this service provided to the yatris.

The Chief Secretary received a first-hand assessment from all the Deputy Commissioners of Civil Works related to the smooth running of the yatra.

He inquired from them about the type of arrangements and back-up plans to provide reliable housing, water and electricity facilities taken by each of them in their quarters.

He asked them to ensure that an appropriate number of toilets, bins and sanitation workers are in place at each designated location.

He also advised them to look into the availability of a mobile PTS to be used for better maintenance of the yatra waiting areas.

He stressed the need to make all base camps and other sites comfortable, clean and hygienic using modern techniques and technologies.

Mehta asked the Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag and Ganderbal to examine the roads leading to the sacred cave themselves and ensure that all critical protection works have been carried out.

The General Secretary instructed the Department of Culture, Deputy Commissioners and Municipal Commissioners to welcome pilgrims by organizing cultural programs.

He asked them to ensure the cleanliness and the lighting of all the courses.

Mehta asked them to engage in SHGs for this purpose so that they also have the opportunity to showcase their products. PTI MIJ RHL

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