Governor, Mr. N.N Vohra, who is Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, chaired a meeting yesterday to review the arrangements for the forthcoming Yatra, which is scheduled to commence on 2nd July 2015. The review meeting was attended by Mr. P.K. Tripathi, Principal Secretary to Governor and Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board; Mr. Jitendra Singh, Addl. CEO; Mr. Showkat Aijaz Bhat, Deputy Commisioner Ganderbal; Mr. Bashir Ahmad Khan, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag; Mr. Reyaz Wani, CEO Pahalgam Development Authority; and Mr. Shabir A. Bhat, CEO Sonamarg Development Authority.
The Governor reviewed the to-date status of the action being taken by the Deputy Commissioners Anantnag and Ganderbal and CEOs Pahalgam and Sonamarg Development Authorities for making the required arrangements for the forthcoming Yatra. The Governor was informed about the facilities being provided to the Yatris including power, water supply and medical facilities in the entire Yatra area. After the discussions the Governor directed that timely action should be taken to ensure complete registration of Ponies, Pony-wallas, Dandi-wallas and Palki-wallas; it is important from the security angle and otherwise to ensure that no unauthorized person embarks on the Yatra tracks. Arrangements regarding the provision of safety measures at the Base Camps, at Baltal and Nunwan Base Camps, particularly Fire and Emergency services, were also discussed.
The Governor was also informed about the steps being taken by the Pahalgam and Sonamarg Development Authorities for the proper collection and disposal of solid wastes which would be generated during the Yatra. The Governor also reviewed the arrangements being made for the daily collection and disposal of garbage and maintenance of cleanliness in all the Camps.