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Khelo India Winter Games: DC Bla visits Gulmarg, finalizes arrangements 

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BARAMULLA: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Baramulla, Minga Sherpa today visited Tangmarg and Gulmarg, and finalized the arrangements for the successful conduct of the upcoming 4th Edition of Khelo India National Winter Games 2024 at Ski-Resort Gulmarg.

The DC accompanied by the visiting team from concerned departments conducted inspections of multiple slots across Tangmarg and Gulmarg to be leveraged as parking facilities to efficiently manage the influx of vehicles driven by the heightened tourist activity during the winter games.

During the on-spot assessment of the road connecting to Gulmarg, the DC directed the R&B and Mechanical & Engineering departments to remove any ice and clear snow from the roadsides.

The DC also inspected the ski slopes to assess their condition, ensuring they were prepared and maintained for optimal use by skiers during the upcoming games.

Later, the DC convened a meeting at Golf Club Gulmarg which was attended by the Director of Health Services, SDM Gulmarg, CEO, Police Officers, officers from R&B, M&E, PHE, PDD, Health and other concerned departments.

During the meeting, the DC directed the ARTO and Traffic Police Baramulla to implement efficient measures to manage traffic flow during the Winter Games and instructed them to enforce mandatory use of anti-skid chains for all vehicles operated either by transporters or the general public, in case of snowfall.

PDD and PHE were directed to ensure provision for an uninterrupted supply of electricity and drinking water during the period of the Khelo India National Winter Games.

The Director of Health Services informed the meeting that they already have doctors, para-medical staff, and ambulances stationed at Gulmarg to cater to any needs of emergencies during the period.

Officers from the Mechanical and Engineering Department assured the DC that the department has proper machinery stationed for any snow clearance operations in case of any inclement weather conditions.

Minga Sherpa also assessed the lodging and accommodation provisions for athletes and guests visiting Gulmarg during that period to ensure impeccable arrangements were in place for delivering exceptional service.

Furthermore, the DC emphasized the nationwide significance of the Khelo India National Winter Games and instructed all departments to collaborate effectively to ensure the success of this winter sporting event.

Notably, the 4th Edition of the Khelo India Winter Games is scheduled to take place from February 21st to February 26th at Gulmarg, attracting the participation of around 625 athletes, competing across various sporting disciplines.

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