Advisors Ganai, Sharma take stock of Yatra arrangements at Baltal


Advisors to the Governor, Khursheed Ahmad Ganai and K K Sharma on Friday visited Baltal Base Camp where they chaired a high-level meeting with officers to take stock of the arrangements being put in place for the smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra-2019 (SANJY) via Baltal route.

Advisors Ganai, Sharma take stock of Yatra arrangements at Baltal

ADDC Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal, SSP Ganderbal, Khalil Poswal, SSP Yatra, SSP JPCR, ADC Ganderbal, Chief Engineers from R&B, PHE and PDD, Camp Director besides other officials from all the important departments such as  SASB,  Rashtriya Rifles,  CRPF, Army, police, health, I&FC, Civil Defense, transport, Information and Public Relations, tourism, fire and other emergency services attended the meeting.

ADDC Shafqat Iqbal, who is also officiating as Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal apprised the meeting through a PowerPoint Presentation regarding the arrangements being put in place by departments associated with Yatra for smooth conduct of SANJY-2019 via Baltal. He also informed the meeting that earlier a joint physical verification Committee verified all the arrangements being put in place by concerned departments associated with Yatra.

Meeting  also reviewed the status of completion of track up-gradation works on Baltal route up to Holy Cave, improvements at the access control gates, establishment of camps, shelter sheds, medical camps, labour registration,  Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs)  at various locations, provision of drinking water supply, lighting, LPG, ration, Medicine etc.

Taking stock of installation of shelter sheds at various places on the track, Advisor Ganai directed the Tourism Department to personally inspect the shelter sheds to have the first-hand appraisal of facilities in these sheds.

Advisor Sharma directed the Camp Director and other functionaries to particularly ensure effective sanitary arrangements in respect of the functioning of the toilet, bath units, clean bedding and the day to day cleaning of the Camp areas. He also directed the different departments to work in complete coordination and synergize their activities for ensuring smooth conduct of the Yatra.

To keep a check on portable water quality, the Chief Engineer PHE informed the meeting that the department has established a water testing laboratory at the base camp Baltal where water quality shall be checked on a daily basis.

The Advisors directed all senior officers to personally supervise the arrangements at all levels and put every effort for improvement with regard to the safe, secure and convenient yatra.

Both the Advisors stressed all the departments for up-gradation and improvement of the facilities besides synchronizing efforts for providing all basic services to the pilgrims.


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