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2.85 lakh pilgrims pay obeisance at cave shrine

Srinagar, Aug 26: The annual Amarnath pilgrimage concluded today in south Kashmir Himalayas with over 2.85 lakh pilgrims paying obeisance at the cave shrine.

Bhupinder Kumar, Additional Chief Executive Officer of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board along with Piyush Singla, Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal, visited the cave shrine early this morning and prayed for sustained peace, harmony, progress and prosperity in the state, said a Raj Bhavan spokesman.

He said that 2,85,006 lakh Yatris had paid obeisance at the cave shrine during this year’s pilgrimage, which had commenced on 28th June along both the Baltal and the Pahalgam routes.

According to the spokesman, Additional CEO interacted with the camp directors, additional camp directors, deputy camp directors and other officers at cave, Neelgrath and Baltal; and reviewed the ongoing sanitation and camp cleaning initiatives being undertaken by them during the 2nd phase (from 25th to 28th August 2018) of the ongoing sanitation drive.

Expressing satisfaction over the sanitation drive taken up by the Shrine Board with the active cooperation of the Anantnag and Ganderbal district administrations; Chief Executive Officers of Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) and Sonamarg Development Authority (SDA); government forces; Sub Divisional Magistrate Pahalgam  and  Municipal Committee Pahalgam, Additional CEO exhorted the officials to ensure that all bio-degradable and non-biodegradable wastes, including plastic wastes, are disposed off in accordance with the already approved Action Plan after the conclusion of the Yatra.

Additional CEO also complimented the civil and police administrations of Anantnag and Ganderbal districts, J&K Police, Central Armed Police Forces, Army, various State government departments and all other agencies for the smooth conduct of Yatra 2018, the spokesman said.

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