Governor N N Vohra, Chairman Amarnath Shrine Board, accompanied by Umang Narula, CEO of the Shrine Board, visited the Sheshnag and reviewed the security and other arrangements being made to receive the pilgrims at the Sheshnag Yatra Camp, who would start arriving on 28th June.
The spokesman in a statement said: “Governor directed the Camp Director and other functionaries to particularly ensure effective sanitary arrangements in respect of the functioning of toilet and bath units and the day to day cleaning of the Camp areas.”
“After Sheshnag Governor visited the Pahalgam Helipad where he inaugurated the newly constructed Waiting Hall for the Yatris who would be travelling by the helicopter services to Panjtarni,” the spokesman said.
He appreciated the Pahalgam Development Authority’s initiative to establish this facility which will be beneficial for all the pilgrims and tourists visiting Pahalgam. Thereafter, Governor, accompanied by CEO and Additional CEO Shrine Board; DIG South Kashmir; DIG CRPF; and DC and SSP Anantnag proceeded by road to Chandanwari and inspected the ongoing works to upgrade the Chandanwari Access Control Gate. He also visited the area where Langars, shops and other facilities are being set up, the spokesman said.
“After Chandanwari, Governor returned to the Nunwan Yatra Base Camp and held a meeting with Central Armed Police Forces, representatives of the Army, Police and all concerned Divisional and District Level officers,” he said.
“Governor reviewed, in detail, all important matters relating to the security of movements of the pilgrims and of the Service Providers who had already started arriving. He specifically directed DIG, South Kashmir, to ensure complete coordination with CRPF, BSF, ITBP, Army and the Traffic Police and secure adequate advance information about all Yatra related vehicular movements from Banihal onwards, both towards Pahalgam and Sonamarg,” he said.
Governor also reviewed the status of water supply, electricity, rations including cooking gas, firewood, and medical facilities at each of the Yatra Camps visited by him.
He directed the concerned officers to ensure that all toilet and bath units, at every Camp location, are effectively connected with waste disposal systems and foolproof arrangements are made for maintaining cleanliness of the toilet facilities at all times and regular doses of microbial consortium are added by the agency responsible for ensuring sanitation; Lay Out Plan prepared for each Camp location is strictly adhered to and the tents, shops, and langars are pitched strictly as per the Lay Out Plan, with adequate fire gaps between them.
He was informed that the STP at Nunwan is being upgraded to 300 KLD capacity using the latest MBBR technology and will be made functional before the start of Yatra, the spokesman in a statement said.