Srinagar, Aug 9: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra on Thursday reviewed the food and accommodation facilities at various yatra camps located along both the routes to the Amarnath holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.
A Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Raj Bhavan said that the Governor, who is also the chairman of Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), reviewed with Umang Narula, CEO, SASB, the functioning of the existing food and accommodation facilities in the various yatra camps located en-route.
The CEO informed Mr Vohra that consequent to the decline of pilgrimage, out of 113 'langars' which had been granted permission to set up various camps located within the yatra area, only 78 have been permitted to close their free kitchen services.
These 'langars' have returned to their native places in the first phase, after rendering free kitchen service to the pilgrims. The remaining 35 langars are still providing free food services in the yatra area. As required, this number could also be curtailed.
The CEO informed that 3,710 tents had been allowed to be pitched in the yatra area by the Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag and Ganderbal. In view of decreased number of yatris, 3,265 tents have left their allotted sites and only 445 are meeting the requirements of yatris.
Meanwhile, the Governor directed CEO to assess the number of langars and tents which are required to cater to the continuously reducing number of yatris visiting the Holy Shrine and allow their closure in a phased manner. (UNI)