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Advisor Khan finalizes yatra arrangements

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Chairs high level meeting of Civil, Security top brass

SRINAGAR : In a high level meeting of civil and security administration, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Baseer Ahmad Khan today took detailed feedback from all the executing agencies about the finalized arrangements made for the conduct of Shri AmarnathJi Yatra, 2020.

ADGP, CRPF, Zulfiquar Hassan; IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar; Pr. Chief Conservator of Forests, AK Singh; Director Tourism Kashmir, Nisar Ahmad Wani; Chief Engineer, R&B Kashmir; Chief Engineer, Jal Shakti department, Chief Engineer Distribution, KPDCL, Chief Engineer BRO, Director Meteorology Kashmir; Deputy CEO, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board and representatives of Fire & Emergency Services, Animal Husbandry, NDRF, SDRF and telecommunication (BSNL) departments were present in the meeting.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary; Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Sushma Chauhan; Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, KK Sidha; Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Shafkat Iqbal; Director Health Services Kashmir, Samir Mattoo; Director FCS&CA Kashmir, Bashir Ahmad Khan joined the meeting through video conferencing.

The Advisor took brief ofthe preparations made by all the line departments for smooth conduct of the yatra for this year. He asked the Divisional Commissioners to physically verify that the facilities created at each location are appropriate and sufficient for both the devotees and facilitators.

He asked the civil administration about the arrangements made by them at each of the camp location and enroute upto the holy cave. He enquired from them about the track condition,relaying of bridges wherever required, installation of mesh wire and railings at the identified spots.

The Advisor further asked them to see the installation of lights, water tanks, toilets, generators, PSPs, Public  Address System, communication towers are fully functional at each camp location before the commencement of yatra.

He stressed on creating separate 200 bedded facility for quarantine purpose of suspected individuals and strict observation of social distancing protocols and sanitization measures at all camp and langar sites.

Baseer Khan also enjoined upon the offices that medical teams, fire tenders, ration and service providers like tents, beddings, ponies, pithu and palkhiwalas are stationed at their designated locations before the initiation of the yatra. He stressed that ration, electricity, water supply, firewoodand other provisions should be made available without any shortage.

He emphasized that enough backup should also be created regarding each of the provisions required so that no dearth of supplies is felt in case of adverse weather or emergency. He also asked about the trial running of all the helipads including the new ones created this year.

The Advisor asked the civil administration and security agencies to work in synergy so that their plans and efforts collaborate each other and produce maximum benefit for the pilgrims.

The Divisional administrations ensured the Advisor that full proof arrangements have been created everywhere. They informed the Advisor that power supply, water, health facilities, installation of toilets/baths, telephone, ration, firefighting equipment, firewood, shelter sheds, helipads, mobile connectivity, langar and tents have been made available at each spot identified for the purpose. They informed the meeting that every facility required for the event has been created as per the standard practice.

The Advisor asked the security agencies to inoculate themselves about the security related arrangements to be made at their end. He asked them to extend helping hand to the yatris especially in higher reaches as the forces are well trained for doing the same.

The security officers informed the meeting that they are abreast with the requirements and have already formulated plans to make requisite arrangements as per ground situation. They further assured the Advisor that the personnel would deliver successfully wherever the situation calls them to play their role.

Reviews development activities of Charar-i-Shareef

SRINAGAR : Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Baseer Ahmad Khan today took review of the developmental scenario of Charar-i-Sharif shrine in a meeting held here.

CEO, Muslim Wakaf Board, Director Tourism Kashmir, Director Floriculture, General Manager JKPCC, and Secretary Muslim Wakaf Board participated in the meeting.

The Advisor directed the concerned executing agencies to expedite the work on the project and complete all works within the set deadline. He asked them to send to him the list of all the pending works so that work on them is stated immediately.

Baseer Khan impressed upon the officers that the shrine of the world famousSufi saint here bestows lot of significance to the town and is a place of religious tourism. He remarked that all the works executed should be in sync with the local cultural ethos and heritage of the land.

The Advisor directed the Floriculture department to take all the measures for beautification of the adjacent park and submit the already prepared DPR within 3 days. He remarked that it will add to the aesthetic value of the shrine thronged by thousands of devotees each year.

He further asked the Tourism department that ablution center comprising of 48 bathrooms should be completed within a period of 2 months so that people visiting the shrine do not face any hardships on account of its non-completion.

The executing agency assured the Advisor that work on all the pending and ongoing works would be expedited and project completed by the given deadline as directed by the Advisor.


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