Shrine Board reviews security, preparedness to cope with peak summer rush at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine

Katra, May 20: With the onset of the summer holidays in many states across the country, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board which is anticipating the burgeoning of devotees at the Holy Shrine over the next couple of months is gearing up with the foolproof measures to ensure the best pilgrimage experience to the visiting devotees.

In this regard, to have a comprehensive review of security and operational preparedness of the Shrine area, Anshul Garg, Chief Executive Officer, presided over a meeting with security agencies today at Spiritual Growth Centre, Katra.

CEO Garg underscored that as summer holidays are inches closer in the country and the Shrine being a tourist destination is expecting heavy influx of the devotees at the Holy Shrine besides at the base camp Katra, thus stressed for action on diverse fronts for hassle-free pilgrimage during coming days including issuance and verification of RFID cards, effective crowd management, augmentation of holding areas on the track and in Katra town, working out plans for decongestion of the entire track, particularly the Bhawan area, separation of entry, exit routes at Bhawan and all time surveillance through dedicated CCTV network of over 700 cameras.

He further exhorted that all agencies deployed at all entry points should remain more vigilant so that no yatri without frisking and registration enters the track for their pilgrimage.

He further stressed the security agencies and other stakeholders upon verification and census of pony porters besides any suspicious element on the track.

In addition, the CEO also reviewed in detail various components of the Disaster Management measures including fire fighting preparedness to ensure quick and most effective response from all stakeholders in wake of any emergent situation. Besides, directed for regular announcements for the decongestion of the crowd on the track.