Sham reviews yatra arrangements, directs officers to ensure safety of pilgrims


PAHALGAM :  Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Sham Lal Sharma today visited Pahalgam and Chandanwari to review the arrangements of Shri Amarnathji Yatra through the traditional route.
The Minister took stock of the facilities put in place for the pilgrims at Nunwan Yatra Base Camp and en-route. While chairing the meeting of officers at Pahalgam, the Minister expressed satisfaction on the arrangements and directed for ensuring close coordination between various agencies to achieve better results. He directed for plugging gaps to meet any eventuality.
Maintaining that Yatra is a symbol of communal harmony and strengthening the bonds of mutual brotherhood in the pluralistic society, the Minister said that majority of locals Muslim brethren are closely associated to make this annual event a success. This spreads a message of peace and promoting rich ethos in the country and all out efforts should be made by all stakeholders to conduct this event in a peaceful and harmonious way. He said this age old tradition has greater importance for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and need of the hour is to further promote it so that more and more pilgrims come to pay obeisance at Shri Amarnath Shrine.
While reviewing the supply position of essentials, especially the medicines, ration, cooking gas, kerosene at various places en-route, the Minister directed all concerned to ensure adequate quantity of these articles to meet the needs of the pilgrims and all others. He also directed the health authorities to regularly monitor the medicare facilities put in place at different health camps and ensure supply of life saving gadgets. He also directed the authorities to ensure uninterrupted supply of drinking water and electricity in the Nunwan Camp.
The Minister also interacted with the pilgrims and various service providers and enquired about the facilities available there. After interacting with various stakeholders, the Minister was fully satisfied about the arrangements.
Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag (Yatra Officer), Bashir Ahmed Khan while briefing the Minister about the arrangements and facilities put in place for the pilgrims said that till date as many as one lakh eight thousand pilgrims have performed darshan through this traditional route. He said the yatra has remained incident free. Till date 5 deaths have been reported on the track due to cardiac arrest or with other similar ailments. He said authorities are focusing on the security and safety of pilgrims throughout and all necessary measures have been put in place to meet any eventuality. He expressed complete satisfaction on the supply of essentials at all points.
Chief Engineer, PHE, A.M. Lanker, Chief Engineer, Irrigation & Flood Control, Mir Javed Jaffer and officers of various departments associated with the yatra were present in the meeting.