JAMMU: Governor N.N. Vohra, chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, on Friday revived the arrangements being made for Amarnath Yatra, which is scheduled to begin on 28th June, 2018and concludes on 26th August 2018
The review meeting was attended by Umang Narula principal secretary to Governor and chief Executive officer Bhupinder Kumar, additional chief executive officer R. K. Pandita, general manager works and other officers of the shrine board.
Vohra was informed that advance registration of yatris will commence from 1st March 2018through 440 bank branches of Punjab National Bank (PNB), Jammu and Kashmir Bank and YES Bank spread in 32 States and UTs, across the country. Through PN Bank a special registration facility will also be available for ex-India pilgrims and for large groups directly from the offices of the shrine board.
He directed CEO to obtain details of registrations done, on a daily basis, from each of the bank branches, to clearly caution all registering bank branches to ensure that the number of pilgrims registered does not exceed the allotted daily route-wise quota and no person below the age of 13 years or above 75 years is registered even though he/she may have obtained a compulsory health certificate.
Vohra was given a detailed report about the arrangements being made in the Yyatra area along both the Pahalgam and Baltal routes which include facilities for providing water supply, electricity, overnight stay accommodation, temporary latrines and baths for the yatris and sanitation arrangements.
As approved by the Governor, CEO shall be incurring an expenditure of nearly Rs 1.50 crore for procuring 629 new pre-fabricated latrines and baths which include 243 European type and 286 Indian type latrines and 100 baths to replace the damaged units as also to augment the overall number of toilets and baths. It was further informed that 2750 latrines, of which 499 are English type, shall be installed during the ensuing yatra, which is 157 more than in the previous year.
He directed that timely action should be taken to ensure timely registration of Ponies, Pony-wallas, Dandi-wallas and Palki-wallas and provide insurance cover for the pilgrims, service providers and ponies. He further directed CEO to ensure the timely issuance of permissions for pitching tents and shops by deputy commissioners of Anantnag and Ganderbal districts and to see that these permissions were strictly as per the layout plan of each yatra Camp. No unauthorised tent or shop should be pitched in any Camp.