Srinagar: Governor N N Vohra Thursday reviewed security arrangements for the upcoming annual yatra to the 3,880-metre-high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in the state.
“A high-level meeting was held at Raj Bhavan here under the chairmanship of Vohra, who is also Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, to review all Security arrangements for the Yatra which is scheduled to commence on June 28, simultaneously from both the Baltal and Chandanwari routes,” an official said.
During the meeting, issues relating to the general security environment in the state, preparedness for meeting any unforeseen situation arising in the Yatra area, functioning of the Joint Control Rooms at every Yatra Camp and linking up Joint Control Rooms with the MeT Department were discussed, he said.
Deployment of Mountain Rescue Teams of the state police, deployment of well equipped Fire Fighting Force teams, installation of X-Ray Baggage Scanning units and Access Control Arrangements at Neelgrat, Panjtarni and Pahalgam helipads were also discussed during the meeting, the spokesman said.
The enforcement of an effective Access Control System at the base camps of Baltal in Ganderbal district and Nunwan-Pahalgam in Anantnag district and at the Domel and Chandanwari Access Control Gates came up for the discussion during the meeting, the spokesman said.
Effective traffic regulation from Lakhanpur Check Post to the cave shrine, ATC arrangements for the heli-services from the Pahalgam and Baltal to Panjtarni were also discussed during the meeting, the spokesman said.
Addressing the meeting, the Governor directed for effective enforcement of regulatory mechanisms besides ensuring that only those ‘Yatris’ who possessed valid Yatra Permits were allowed to undertake the Yatra on the date and by the route for which they had procured prior registration.
The specific measures were discussed during the meeting which would be enforced for ensuring rapid and unhindered movement of validly registered Yatris from the point of their entry into the State, to the Holy Cave, to ensure against their facing any avoidable inconvenience, he said.
The Governor emphasised on all the involved agencies and departments to maintain a close co-ordination with each other to ensure an incident-free Yatra, the spokesman said.