Amarnath Yatra: Jammu and Kashmir Governor asks Shrine board to prepare action plans for next year

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Srinagar, Aug 13: Lauding the efforts of various agencies and local stakeholders for the successful conduct of the annual Amarnath yatra, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has asked Shri Amarnatji Shrine Board (SASB) to prepare camp-wise and route-wise action plans, focusing on medicare and environment protection, for the next year’s pilgrimage.

“Chief Executive Officer of SASB R K Gupta should initiate action to prepare Camp-wise and route-wise Action Plans for Yatra 2015, on a time-bound basis, particularly focusing on the requirements of medicare, water and power supply, sanitation, environment protection, accommodation and all other required facilities,” Vohra said addressing the post-Yatra 2014 review meeting which was followed by a felicitation function at Raj Bhavan here yesterday.

The 44-day-long Amarnath yatra ended on August 10 with over 3.70 lakh pilgrims paying obeisance at the 3,880 metre high holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas. As many as 46 pilgrims died during the pilgrimage due to various causes with cardiac arrest accounting for most of the deaths.

The deceased included 39 pilgrims, two Sadhus and five sevadars (volunteers). Four volunteers died in a fire incident inside a community kitchen.

The Governor, who is also chairman of the SASB, lauded the excellent synergy and very high level of coordination among the State Government, Army, Central Police Forces, Police, Shrine Board and each of the concerned State government departments, agencies and local stakeholders involved with the management of the Yatra.

He also thanked the people at large for their valuable support for ensuring the smooth and peaceful conduct of this arduous pilgrimage.

The Governor appreciated the good work done by the agencies involved in clearing the 2-3 feet deep snow accumulation at Sheshnag Yatra Camp site along the traditional 45-km Pahalgam-cave route which made it possible to start the Yatra from July 2 onwards.

The yatra started as per the schedule from the shorter 16-km Baltal route in Ganderbal district on June 28.

The post yatra review meetings have been convened every year, for the past five years, immediately after the culmination of the Yatra, with a view to bringing about progressive improvements in the management of the coming Yatras, based on the experiences gained and feedback gathered.

The Governor presented certificates and mementoes to each of the officers attending the meeting, as a token of the Board’s appreciation and thanks for their valuable support for the smooth conduct of the current year’s Yatra, an official spokesman said.

He said the issues which were reviewed during the meeting included bringing further improvements in the existing system of registration of yatris and assess control measures at the Chandanwari and Domel Access Control Gates, functioning of medical aid centres, sanitation arrangements at the various Camp locations, functioning of Langars and other services.

Other issues that came under discussion included operation of helicopter services, services rendered by BSNL, disaster management arrangements, services rendered by various other departments and agencies and the scope for improvements therein, the spokesman said.