Ensuring best facilities for Amarnath devotees: LG tells officers

Said that devotees in large numbers should perform the pilgrimage

Ganderbal- Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday urged all departments involved in the annual Amarnath Yatra to ensure the best possible facilities as a high number of devotees are expected for the pilgrimage which is taking place after nearly three years.

Sinha conveyed these instructions during his one-day visit to Baltal and Pahalgam axis of Amarnath Ji Yatra during which he reviewed the preparedness and response mechanism of all relevant departments during the visit. , an official spokesperson said on Friday.

The LG, he said, also carried out an on-site inspection of facilities on the Baltal & Pahalgam travel routes and chaired review meetings at the base camps which discussed accommodation, health care, communication network, sanitation, water supply, weather forecast, emergency response, fire safety and all other basic necessities.

“Better coordination between different agencies is of the utmost importance for better facilities, smooth travel and spiritual experience for Yatris. All departments involved in the management of Yatra ensure the best possible facilities as a high number of devotees are expected for the annual pilgrimage,” Sinha said.

During his visits, the spokesperson said the LG interacted with camp managers, police officials and other security agencies and inquired about the status of Yatra’s arrangements.

Sinha, he said, also ordered a fire check in all vulnerable locations and directed relevant deputy commissioners to hold regular joint meetings of all stakeholders, including security agencies.

The Lieutenant Governor also commended all stakeholders for their efforts in completing the assigned tasks on time. He further called for better coordination between all departments involved in the management of the yatra for the safe and successful conduct of the annual pilgrimage.

Earlier, the LG inaugurated a fully equipped 70-bed DRDO hospital for quality healthcare services at yatris in Baltal,

The hospital, funded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, will house facilities such as X-RAY, General ward, OPD, ICU, Oxygenated ward, Pharmacy, Laboratory and Ultrasound.

Relevantly, the LG chaired a meeting of senior security officials on Wednesday and reviewed security arrangements and preparations for the annual pilgrimage due to begin next week amid heightened security.

The high-level unified command meeting brought together senior security officers from the Home Office, J&K police, military, intelligence agencies, CRPF, BSF and others, said an official spokesperson.

According to the spokesperson, the officers present at the meeting briefed the LG on the general security situation while threadbare discussions took place over various arrangements related to the yatra.

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