Guv holds aerial survey of Amarnath Yatra routes

Governor Satya Pal Malik conducting aerial survey of Amarnathji Yatra route on Sunday.
Governor Satya Pal Malik conducting aerial survey of Amarnathji Yatra route on Sunday.

CEO reviews preparedness

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, June 9: Governor Satya Pal Malik, accompanied by K Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor and BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary, conducted an aerial survey of entire Shri Amarnathji Yatra route, along the Baltal-Domel-Sangam-Panjtarni-Sheshnag-Chandanwari-Pahalgam axis to gain a first hand view of the existing snow accumulation levels.
He expressed satisfaction upon the pace of ongoing snow clearing work and restoration of the tracks.
Malik impressed upon the concerned authorities to ensure that the tracks are repaired and cleared and all facilities required for smooth conduct of the Yatra put in place before its commencement on July 1.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), Umang Narula today visited Domail and Baltal base camps and chaired a meeting of officers to review the preparedness for the smooth conduct of Yatra via Baltal route.
The CEO impressed upon the concerned authorities to ensure that all facilities and arrangements concerning each department required for the smooth conduct of the Yatra are put in place well before its commencement on July 1. He called for a synergized approach between various departments to achieve desired results.
The meeting was attended by ADDC Shafqat Iqbal, ADC Showkat Ahmad, SDPO Kangan, Sheikh Tahir, Executive Engineers of PDD and PHE, AEE R&B & other concerned officers.
The Additional District Development Commissioner Ganderbal apprised the CEO regarding the arrangements to be put in place by departments associated with Yatra for smooth conduct of the pilgrimage via Baltal. He gave a detailed review of teams constituted besides Shops/Boarding Tents permissions, Contingency Plan, Communication Plan, registration of service providers, Disaster Management unit, etc.
The AEE R&B department briefed the CEO about the progress on the track including snow clearance and wire meshing at vulnerable spots. To prevent the track from washout due to rain/flash water, the CEO instructed the concerned department to identify vulnerable areas so that proper drainage system is put in place along the steep side of the tract where ever needed. He also asked the concerned officials to work out the possibility of early warning system in case of any exigency at vulnerable points along the track.
Executive engineers of PHE and PDD informed the meeting that water and power supply is already restored at Baltal and Domail.
The CEO, SASB instructed the concerned departments to install signboards depicting passenger fare rates at different places including Baltal Sumo Stand, Taxi Stand Sonamarg and Police Station Sonamarg. Besides signages on Yatra route from Manigam to Baltal depicting facilities like Lavatory Block, Filling Station, Sumo Stand, Hospital, important Helpline numbers should be displayed.
He also directed for ensuring proper sanitation in and around Transit Camps and maintaining the cleanliness of entire track en-route the holy cave. He stressed for ensuring decomposition of wastes through Solid Waste Management Technique. He also asked the officials to identify space for separate Pony Stand.
Regarding the availability of essential commodities, the CEO was informed that a sufficient quantity of essential commodities is available which have been dumped at a designated station.