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Amarnath Yatris are brand ambassadors of J&K: LG Manoj Sinha

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Reviews arrangements at Nunwan, Chandanwari base camps

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday said that the visiting Amarnath pilgrims from across the country and abroad are now the brand ambassadors of J&K.

He said that the economic activities associated with spiritual pilgrimage generate livelihood for the locals and spur tourist influx to the UT.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today visited Nunwan and Chandanwari base camps to review the arrangements for the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, an official press release informed Saturday.

It said at the Nunwan base camp, the LG interacted with the pilgrims and reviewed arrangements for queue management.

In a review meeting held with the senior officers at the base camp, the LG discussed measures taken for comfortable stay, food, healthcare, connectivity, sanitation, water and other facilities for pilgrims in case of bad weather.

The LG was briefed that the Camp Directors are holding regular meetings with service providers, stakeholders and additional lanes have been added at check-points.

He observed that administration is sensitive to the needs of pilgrims, responsive and has ensured better arrangements for hassle-free pilgrimage.

“I am extremely proud of the entire team, Shrine Board, J&K Police, CAPFs, Army, BRO, NDRF, SDRF, Mountain Rescue Teams, service providers, citizens for commendable work and ensuring smooth conduct of Yatra. Through our solidarity, resolve and preparation, we’ll overcome any future challenges,” the LG said.

“Pilgrims from across the country and abroad are now the brand ambassadors of J&K. The economic activities associated with spiritual pilgrimage generate livelihood for the locals and spur tourist influx to the UT,” he said.

The meeting also discussed the deployment of security and police personnel, doctors, medical staff, rescue teams, and the steps taken to facilitate the smooth movement of pilgrims.

During his visit to Chandanwari base camp, the LG interacted with pilgrims, sanitation workers, service providers and took stock of the arrangements.

The LG was accompanied by Dr Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, CEO, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board; Vijay Kumar, ADGP Kashmir; Vijay Kumar Bidhuri, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Dr. Piyush Singla, Administrative Secretary, Revenue Department; Syeed Fakhrudin Hamid, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag and other senior officers of district administration, SASB, Police and Army.

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