Chief Secretary reviews arrangements for Shri Amarnathji Yatra-2020

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Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam, today chaired the 9th High Level Committee Meeting at Civil Secretariat to review the arrangements being made for the Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 2020.

Financial Commissioner, Finance, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, CEO, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), Principal Secretary, Home, Principal Secretary Transport, Principal Secretary Planning, ADGP Security, ADGP (Coordination) PHQ, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, besides other concerned Administrative Secretaries, Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag and senior officers participated in the meeting.

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Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, attended the meeting through video-conference.

Chief Secretary reviewed the preparations being made by different departments for conduct of Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 2020. Chief Secretary received brief from the concerned Administrative Secretaries about the status of works including improvement of critical stretches on existing tracks, establishment of transit camps, setting up of shelter sheds, provision of environment friendly facilities for disposal of waste and steps taken to stabilize the hill slopes enroute holy cave.

Chief Secretary also reviewed track up-gradation works on Baltal and Chandanwari routes viz installation of railings, maintenance of foot bridges and up-gradation of road from Baltal to Domel. Steps were finalized for timely completion of these works.

Chief Secretary directed the concerned Secretaries to monitor the activities pertaining to their departments so that all works are executed and arrangements put in place well before the commencement of Yatra, 2020.

Issues relating to Animal Husbandry, PHE, Power, Forests, FCS & CA, Telecom connectivity, weather forecast, health and sanitation were also discussed and directions issued accordingly.

With regard to the security arrangements, Chief Secretary asked the Police department to work in close coordination and synergy with SASB for effective regulation of Yatra at access control gates at Domel and Chandanwari. He also emphasized upon strict enforcement of the prescribed guidelines so as to allow access only to registered pilgrims and service providers.