SRINAGAR: Governor NN Vohra, who is also chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, reviewed security matters related to Amarnath Yatra beginning July 2 from both the Baltal and Chandanwari routes.
The governor stressed the need for all concerned agencies to enforce sustained close watch and maintain effective co-ordination to ensure the smooth conduct of the forthcoming yatra. The meeting was attended by chief secretary and senior officers of civil administration, police, paramilitary forces, army and intelligence agencies.
Security environment in the state, preparedness for any unforeseen situation arising in the yatra area; functioning of the Joint Control Rooms at every yatra camp; linking up Joint Control Rooms with the MET Department and the District Disaster Management Units; deployment of Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) of the police along with rescue teams of government forces on both routes; deployment of well equipped fire fighting teams at pre-determined points; installation of X-Ray baggage scanning units at appropriate locations; Access Control Arrangements at Neelgrath, Panjtarni and Pahalgam helipads; telecommunication facilities along the Yatra routes; etc.
The meeting discussed the enforcement of an effective Access Control System at the Baltal and Nunwan Base Camps and at the Domel and Chandanwari Access Control Gates; effective traffic regulation from Lakhanpur Check Post onwards through augmentation of the existing strength of Traffic Police; ATC arrangements for the heli-services from the Pahalgam and Baltal to Panjtarni; transit camps arrangements; installation of CCTVs at various Camps and at the Access Control Gates; etc.
The governor directed DGP and the divisional administration to effectively enforce regulatory mechanisms and ensure 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 advance registration.
The meeting also discussed the specific measures which would be enforced for ensuring rapid and unhindered movement of validly registered yatris right from the time they crossed into the state and travelled to the Holy Cave, to ensure against their facing any avoidable inconvenience.
He directed the chief secretary to issue clear directions to ensure that the road from Jammu to Srinagar and Srinagar to Baltal are maintained in proper condition for the smooth movement of pilgrims.
The governor emphasized on all the involved agencies and departments to maintain very close co-ordination to ensure an incident free yatra and directed the Addl. CEO, SASB to ensure simultaneous updating of all the concerned agencies about the weather forecasts.
Divisional commissioner (Kashmir) was directed to undertake regular reviews of the arrangements being made for the yatra and effective discipline being maintained on the ground. The governor particularly emphasized suitable stationing of medical teams of various organisations at appropriate places and distances along both the Yatra routes.