Div Com takes stock of arrangements

Excelsior Correspondent
RANSOO (REASI), Mar 4:  Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pardeep Gupta, who is also the Chairman of Shri Shiv Khori Cave Shrine Board (SSKCSB) today convened a meeting of officers to take stock of arrangements put in place for the smooth conduct of the three-day Shiv Khori Mela commencing at Ransoo, the base camp of the Shiv Khori Shrine  from March 9.
Deputy Commissioner Reasi, Nirmal Sharma, Senior Superintendent of Police, Joint Director Tourism, Jammu, Executive Engineers of PWD, PDD, RDD & Tourism, Executive Officer SSKSB and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
During the meeting threadbare discussions were held with regard to various necessary arrangements for the ensuing Mela which include security, law & order, parking of vehicles, face lifting at Ransoo and at holy cave area, traffic control, barricading, drinking water, interrupted power supply, maintenance of road from Kanda to Ransoo, medicare facilities, sanitation, special checking drive for ensuring quality of eatable during the Mela days, exhibition of stalls by different departments etc.
Divisional Commissioner issued instructions to the concerned department to give festive look to the mela by ensuring facilities to the visiting pilgrims for their comfortable pilgrimage. Mr. Pardeep instructed the officers of all concerned departments to make coordinated efforts for making all the arrangements pertaining to their respective department well in advance.
While reviewing the developmental works at the base camp, the Divisional Commissioner stressed the need for developing Ransoo in a planned manner to cater to needs of ever increasing rush of pilgrims to the shrine. Regarding the construction work of helipad and approach road linking the cave site, Gupta instructed the Executive Engineer R&B to speed up work on approach road so that pilgrims do not face any difficulty to reach the holy cave. He also directed the concerned officers for proper fencing and maintenance of path enroute the cave. He asked the concerned officers to make the already constructed toilet block functional for the pilgrims.

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