The 8th meeting of the Shiv Khori Shrine Board was held today here under the Chairmanship of Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, in which Sushma Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner Reasi, who is also the Vice Chairperson of the Board briefed about the agenda and other activities being taken up by the Board.
Sushma in her brief said that due to the continuous efforts made by the Board and civil administration in providing better infrastructure and facilities to the pilgrims, the number of yatries who visit the holy shrine has continuously increased and this year 6,71,231 yatries have paid obeisance, adding that the Board so far has earned an income of Rs 10.65 Crore mainly by way of donations and other sources.
The Board also approved the proposal of outsourcing the Shiv Shakti Bhawan (TRC Ransoo) and the newly constructed guest house building at Ransoo for providing boarding and lodging facilities to the yatries. Taking into consideration the sentiments of the yatries, who would like to take bath in Doodh Ganga in Ransoo base camp, the Board approved the proposal of renovating the bathing ghats at the banks of Doodh Ganga. Keeping in view the heavy rush of pilgrims, the safety of the pilgrims on the track was considered to be of prime importance and for this, the Board also approved the proposal of installation of the railings at various vulnerable locations on the track and also directed the Superintendent of Police Reasi to take all requisite steps so that no un-toward incident takes place. Further, in order to provide better eating facilities to the pilgrims, the Board also approved the construction of two eating points, one near the Holy Cave and another at Ransoo base camp.
Meeting was also apprised that presently 93 employees are working in SSKSB who were demanding their regularization which was long pending because of non formulation of the Bye laws of the SSKSB. The Board had in its previous meeting constituted a committee for the finalization of their service Bye laws whose report was placed before the Board. The Chairman directed that a committee be constituted for examination of the draft Bye laws which would submit its recommendations to the Board in a time bound manner.
While taking a review of the progress made in the finalization of the Ransoo town planning scheme, the Chair directed the Chief Town Planner Jammu to incorporate the various suggestions given by the Committee constituted for the said purpose so as to make the town planning scheme coherent with the ground situation and also directed that the same should be placed in the public domain within one month time for seeking the objections from the general public. The Chairman also directed the Director Tourism Jammu to repair all the lights and electric poles on the track which have been set up by the Directorate. He further emphasized that the construction work of the Bus Stand Ransoo and beautification of the Ransoo Bazar be expedited. It was also apprised that for the widening of Kanda-Ransoo road, a DPR amounting to Rs 25 Crore under PMRP Package has been prepared by the Executive Engineer PWD Reasi and the same is under submission to Chief Engineer PWD, Jammu. The Chair directed that the DPR should be forwarded to the concerned quarters without any delay so that the requisite sanction to the project could be given by the concerned authorities.