Srinagar, Jun 15 : Reviewing arrangements for the annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan on Saturday directed officials concerned to complete the entire remaining work pertaining to their departments before deadline so that all the arrangements and logistics are positioned well in time before the commencement of the Yatra on July 1.
Mr Khan visited Baltal Base Camp on Saturday where he convened a meeting to have a first-hand appraisal of the preparedness put in place for the smooth conduct of the yatra via shortest Baltal route.Taking an extensive review of the arrangements put in place to facilitate the Yatris, he asked all the concerned Government Departments, service providers and all other agencies to complete the entire remaining work pertaining to their departments before deadline so that all the arrangements and logistics are positioned well in time before the commencement of the Yatra.
Mr Khan while reviewing the positioning and the Disaster Management measures, emphasised the need for ensuring prompt response in case of any emergent situation. For this purpose, he asked all the concerned agencies to ensure greater coordination at all levels.During the visit, he directed the officials concerned that tents and langers should be strictly installed as per the lay out design already formulated and urged for ensuring that all camps and langers are equipped with fire extinguisher equipment.
He directed the concerned to ensure the basic arrangements including potable drinking water, power supply, installation of Halogen lights, bathroom, toilet facilities and availability of essentials commodities are put in place well on time.The Divisional Commissioner directed the R&B department to ensure repair, renovation and restoration of Yatra route well before the commencement of Yatra. He directed for special focus on slippery tracks/ areas and other critical spots including camping sites of Domail, Railpathri and Holy cave. He stressed for completion of pre-fabricated structures, wire meshing near slide prone areas and restoration of track at the earliest.
Regarding Healthcare facilities at Emergency Hospital Baltal Base Camp, the CMO Ganderbal informed that 40 bedded Hospital is already made functional besides sufficient stock of life-saving drugs, additional stock of oxygen cylinder and other medical facilities like X-ray, ECG are available.The Divisional Commissioner also visited several designated parking sites, where he directed the officials to ensure toilets are installed away from water bodies including Sindh Nalah. He also directed for installing signboards depicting passenger fare rates at different places including Baltal Sumo Stand, Taxi Stand Sonamarg, and Police Station Sonamarg.
The Director Disaster Management informed that Mock and tabletop drills shall be started before the commencement of Yatra. The Div Com directed to keep sufficient teams of NDRF available from Baltal to Holy Cave with necessary equipment.Regarding the availability of essential commodities, the AD FCS&CA informed that sufficient quantity of essential of commodities are available including rice, atta, sugar, kerosene oil, diesel and LPG cylinders which is dumped at Gund Granary. Similarly forest department was directed to ensure dispatch of fire wood at all stations well on time so that Yatries do not face any inconvenience.
Mr Khan asked the officers to ensure that arrangements concerning each department are put in place in time so that the pilgrims do not have to face any inconvenience on this account. He also directed for uninterrupted communication service under all circumstances during the Yatra period. (UNI)