Another Shrine Board In Making

KL Report


J&K government will set up another shrine board, this time for the shrine of Mata Sukhrala Devi and Mata Bala Sundari. A bill for setting up the board was introduced by Tourism Minister Ghulam Ahmad Mir to the assembly on Wednesday.

The Bill provides for the better management, administration and governance of and its endowments including the lands and buildings attached, or appurtenant, to the shrines and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

With this the number of Hindu shrine boards across J&K will go to five across the state. Already, Vaishno Devi in Katra, Amarnath cave in Kashnmir, Shiv Khori in Reasi, and Machail Yatra (Bhaderwah-Poonch) have autonomous shrine boards.

Cabinet had approved the motion of Wednesday’s bill on March 15. Movers suggested that though the pilgrimage to the twin shrines in Billawar (Kathua) is gradually increasing year after year, the facilities and infrastructure is insufficient to cater to the requirement of pilgrims. The Board, they said will also ensure judicious use of the offerings. So far, the pilgrimage to the twin temples is managed by a committee presided over by the Tehsildar Billawar.





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