Police have issued an advisory to the Amarnath yatris asking them not to pollute the environment while undertaking the pilgrimage.
In an advisory issued by the police authorities recently among the other things that the yatris have been asked to adhere to are the strict adherence to environmental guidelines.
“Do not do anything during the entire Yatra which could cause pollution or disturb the environment of the yatra area. Use of polythene is banned in the state and is punishable under law,’’ the advisory read.
The advisory follows as it has been seen that the yatris in complete disregard to the environment litter the base camp areas of Pahalgam and Baltal and the roads that lead to them. Environmental activists have been pleading that strict environmental guidelines should be followed so that the yatris don’t resort to creation of pollution and the environmental hazards.
PDP leader and CM’s brother, Tasaduq Mufti, has been vocal about putting in place measures to check the environmental pollution. Tasaduq, who is also the co-ordinator in CM’s grievance cell, said that the recently urged upon the officials to maintain utmost levels of sanitation at the Yatra base camps.
Tassaduq visited yatra base camps at Nunwan and Chandanwari in Pahalgam to review the sanitation arrangements made at these camps and was accompanied on his visit by top officers from the government including the Chief Executive Officer Pahalgam Development Authority, Executive Officer Municipal Committee Pahalgam, Deputy General Manager of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), Camp directors of Yatra base camps and officers of other departments.
He said that sanitation is foremost for everyone’s health and no laxity should be allowed in this regard.
Among the other advisories that the yatris have been asked to follow include that a yatri should be duly registered by the SASB for the yatra with a valid permit. Also authorities have been asked to ensure that the ponywalla and labourers are properly registered and carry an ID Card.
Further they had been asked that the “ yartris should strictly follow the instructions issued by the Yatra Administration from time to time.’’ Use latrines / bathrooms in camps erected by Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board. Don’t defécate in the open,’’ read the guideline.
“Don’t smoke and don’t carry/consume any kind of narcotic or alcoholic substance,’’ the advisory further read. The concerned officers have also been asked to ensure compliance of these instructions.