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ACS Home reviews facilities regarding Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra

Visits Yatra Niwas, Registration counters to inspect on spot arrangements

Emphasizes on proper sanitation and hygiene of toilets

JAMMU, June 11: Additional Chief Secretary Home, RK Goyal today held a high-level meeting of civil and police administration at DC Office Jammu and also visited Yatra Niwas and Registration counters to inspects on spot to take stock of arrangements made for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.

Divisional Commissioner Jammu Ramesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Jammu Anvy Lavasa, SSP Chandan Kohli, JMC Commissioner Rahul Yadav along with senior officers from CID and Security were present in the meeting where as ADGP Jammu Zone Mukesh Singh, IGP Traffic, Deputy Commissioners from Samba, Udhampur, Kathua and Ramban attended the meeting through video conferencing.

At the outset, ACS enquired about the kind of arrangements and back up plans for providing reliable accommodation, water, electricity, registration, pre paid cards, traffic managements, parking, transport, toilet facilities and security arrangements.

Regarding accommodation of pilgrims in case of heavy rush or stopage of Yatra due to any reason, the Deputy Commissioner Jammu informed the ACS that there are 32 lodgement centres having capacity of 15 thousand people. She also informed that 20-22 langar facilities out of which 12 are at Bhagwati Nagar and other at different locations of district Jammu.

Similarly, Kathua has 31 lodgement centres having capacity of more that thousand people, Samba has 22 lodgement centres with 8 thousand people, Udhampur has 36 Lodgement centres with 9 thousand capacity and Ramban has 13 lodgement centres having capacity of 8 thousand people for accommodation.

Regarding RIFD tagging, it was apprised that tagging of vehicles will be done at Lakhanpur while individual tagging will be done at Jammu.

The senior officer from Tourism department apprised the Chair that the department will arrange a cultural program in Yatri Niwas including folk songs, Bhajan Sandhya and other cultural items for two hours on daily basis throughout the yatra period.

The ACS asked them to ensure that all pilgrims have a swift passage at the checkpoints and no yatri should have to wait for long while going into the base camps.

Giving emphasizes on security, the ACS directed the concerned officials to ensure appropriate arrangements at Yatri niwas and other vulnerable points.

The ACS also visited Yatri Niwas at Bhagwati Nagar and Registration counters at different sites to take first hand appraisal of all the arrangements related to the smooth conduct of the yatra.

He directed the concerned officials to ensure that appropriate number of washrooms, dustbins, sanitation workers are put in place at each designated location.

He stressed on making the base camp and other sites comfortable, clean and hygienic using modern techniques and technology. He said that cleanliness of toilets at Yatri bhawans, lodgement centres and other instalments like restaurants and dhabas along with National Highway.

He enjoined upon the officers that the experience of yatris on pilgrimage to the holy cave should be pleasant all of them should promote Jammu and Kashmir as a tourism destination.