Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer, today reviewed the arrangements for smooth conduct of the annual Navratra festival at a meeting of concerned officers.
The meeting informed that the nine-day festival would commence on October 7, 2021, culminating on October 15, 2021.
The inaugural function of the festival would be held at Asia Chowk Katra, followed by Shobha Yatra and a grand event showcasing the culture and heritage of Jammu and Kashmir and India as a whole.
The Assistant Director Tourism presented a detailed report on the scheduled programmes, the activities to be held during the festival, and the preparations being put in place for the same. Threadbare discussions were held on each activity/ event while seeking suggestions from the stakeholders. The Div Com stressed adhering to the covid protocols while holding the festival events. He also suggested excluding activities involving large gatherings.
Representatives of the Hoteliers Association assured to extend full cooperation towards facilitating tourists and guests during the festival. They also confirmed to maintain cleanliness besides following covid related guidelines while serving the guests.
The Divisional Commissioner also had a detailed review of beautification of the town, provision for sanitation, essential services, traffic management and emergency services.
While reviewing arrangements for congregational programmes like ‘Prabhat Pheris’, ‘Mata ki Kahani’ recitation, Devotional Song Competition, Dangal and other cultural items, the Div Com instructed that the committee headed by DC Reasi shall inspect the venues for taking the final decision.
The Div Com directed the concerned officers to put in place all necessary arrangements and work well-coordinated to make preparations well in advance. He stressed proper regulation of traffic, foolproof security, maintenance of roads and streets, beautification of shops/ market, sanitation of Katra town etc.
Chief Executive Officer SMVD Shrine Board, DC Reasi, Director Tourism, SSP Reasi, Assistant Director Tourism Katra, Director Urban Local Bodies, Chief Engineer, PWD, Joint Director Information besides elected members of Katra Municipal Committee, Presidents of Market associations and other eminent citizens among others were also present at the meeting.