Pilgrims praise J&K administrator for providing facilities during Amarnath yatra

Ramban, July 17: After completing their Amarnath Yatra, the pilgrims praised the government of Jammu and Kashmir for its efforts to provide a comfortable and hassle-free journey.

Many pilgrims, especially those who have been to Yatra twice or more, have rated this Yatra as most comfortable and convenient. “Whatever problems we faced before like blocked traffic due to damaged roads, we didn’t face it this time and we are really grateful to the government of Jammu and Kashmir,” said one. pilgrim.

Pilgrims also praised the security forces for their efforts during the burst of clouds and said the effective action of the forces helped retake Yatra around the cave shrine.

Another pilgrim said, “This is my second time undertaking Amarnath Yatra and I am really happy to see the good roads and facilities that are provided for the yatris. A few days ago when there was downpour, the Indian army had taken swift action to clear the way so that the pilgrims would not face any hardship.”

Devotees appreciated all the arrangements ranging from online registration to unhindered travel, good infrastructure, telecommunication, boarding and accommodation in addition to safety, sanitation and medical facilities en route to the yatra.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), in collaboration with Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) and Directorate of Health Services of Jammu and Kashmir (DHS-K), has set up a Telemedicine (TM) center linking major hospitals to provide the best possible healthcare services to Amarnath pilgrims. he telemedicine center has been installed at Panjtarni base camp.

Earlier, the TM node at Baltal en route to Amarnath Cave to provide TM services to Yatra pilgrims was set up on July 9 linking base camp medical experts with SKIMS.

This facility serves pilgrims and provides real-time treatment for high altitude and other ailments that pilgrims frequently face in the region.

According to the pilgrims, despite the threats from the militants, the security measures were such that the security forces allayed all their fears.

Earlier on Friday, the Yatra was suspended after the downpour incident. Sixteen people had died and at least three dozen were missing after a downpour triggered flash floods near the Amarnath cave sanctuary.

The Indian army has installed speed cameras to find survivors under the debris that was deposited after a downpour hit the area near the holy Amarnath shrine on Friday.

Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha also visited a base camp in Pahalgam and met with pilgrims.

The Yatra started on June 29 from Jammu under strict security measures taken by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) along with the army and local police.

The pilgrimage from the Amarnath shrine to the 3,880 meter high cave shrine of Lord Shiva, located high in the Himalayas, takes place from the twin roads of Pahalgam and Baltal. (ANI)

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