Jammu and Kashmir News
Srinagar, June 1: Governor N N Vohra, Chairman, alongwith Mr. P.K. Tripathi, CEO, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, conducted an aerial survey of the entire Shri Amarnathji Yatra area, along both the routes. He travelled along the Baltal-Domel-Sangam-Panjtarni-Sheshnag-Chandanwari-Pahalgam axis to gain a first hand view of the existing snow accumulation levels.
As of now, the Yatra Camp sites at Holy Cave, Panjtarni and Sheshnag are covered with 6-7 feet of snow and the tracks, from Chandanwari onwards on the Pahalgam axis and from Domel onwards from the Baltal axis would require major clearing and repairs.
The restoration of tracks on the Chandanwari-Holy Cave axis is being taken up by the Pahalgam Development Authority and by the State PWD on the Baltal-Shrine axis. This important work shall be able to gain the required momentum, depending upon sustained fair weather conditions. The Governor impressed upon the concerned agencies to immediately increase the ongoing work and ensure that the tracks are cleared of the snow and all the facilities required for the Yatra are put in place well in time.
During his day long visit to the Yatra area, after completing the aerial recce the Governor held review meetings with Mr. Showkat Aijaz Bhat, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal; Mr. Bashir Ahmad Khan, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag; at the Baltal and Nunwan Base Camps.The Governor directed the Labour and Animal Husbandry Departments to ensure the proper registration of Ponies and the Pony-wallas, Dandi-wallas, Palki-wallas and authorized labour. The issue of Photo Identity Cards to all legitimate workers to ensure against unauthorized persons crowding the narrow tracks. The Governor discussed arrangements regarding the provision of safety measures at the Nunwan and the Baltal Base Camps, particularly fire and emergency services and setting up of a Joint Control Room, and directed CEO to ensure that all Camp Directors were fully oriented to enforce the required day to day discipline.
The Governor directed the GM (Works) to ensure that all the toilets and baths, at every Camp location, should be connected to proper waste disposal systems and foolproof arrangements are made for maintaining cleanliness of toilet facilities, at all times.
The Review Meeting at Baltal was attended by Mr. Showkat Aijaz Bhat, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal; Mr. Imtiyaz Ismail, Superintendent of Police Ganderbal; Mr. Shabir Ahamd, Chief Executive Officer, Sonamarg Development Authority; Mr. Gh. Mohammad, Sub Divisional Magistrate Kangan; Dr. Roshan Din Kasana, Chief Medical Officer; Mr. Sami Aarif, Executive Engineer, R& B, Ganderbal; Mr. Muzaffar Ahmad Lone, Executive Engineer, Electric & M& RE, Ganderbal; Mr. Mohammad Shafi, Executive Engineer, PHE [RWS] ,Ganderbal; Mr. Ishtiyaq Ahmad, DFO, Sindh Forest Division Ganderbal; Dr. Gh. Qadir Shah, Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Gande rbal; Mr. Irfan Bahadaur, Assistant Director CA& PD Department, Ganderbal; Mr. M. Akbar Dar, Assistant Director, Fire & Emergency Ganderbal; Ms. Khalida Amin, Designated Food Officer Ganderbal; Faheem Ashaie, SDO, BSNL Ganderbal; Mr. Muazzam Ali, District Information Officer, Ganderbal; Mr. Nasir Ahmad, Tehsildar Kangan and Mr. M Aslam Tehsildar Gund.