New route to Vaishno Devi shrine becoming increasingly prominent

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KATRA: Governor N N Vohra, Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board on Saturday reviewed the functioning of the Tarakote Marg. He was accompanied by Additional CEO, Shrine Board, Anshul Garg,
This over 7 km long picturesque Marg (road) between Katra and Adhkuwari was thrown open to pilgrims less than two weeks ago.
Nearly 20,000 pilgrims used Tarakote Marg for their journey to the shrine on-foot and on their return to Katra, in the past 13 days, an official release read.
Almost all pilgrims who have walked on this new track have expressed high satisfaction. They are particularly appreciative of the beautiful ambience, scenic view of the surrounding areas, gentle gradient of the 6 meter wide track, modern infrastructure and the logistics put in place by the board for facilitation of the pilgrims, read the release.
The floating fountains in the water body developed at Tarakote have become a special attraction for pilgrims, particularly children. Colourful lights emanating from these fountains present a beautifulview during nights.
The Tarakote Marg has 6 food outlets which offer hygienic food at reasonable rates, 13 RO water points and 6 ultra filtered water ATMs for providing filtered quality drinking water while more are being added, besides attractively designed shelter sheds have been installed for protection of pilgrims from the vagaries of weather and shooting stones, it read.
To ensure sanitation and cleanliness on the track, mechanised cleaning is being done 24×7 through ride-on machines, the toilet blocks are being cleaned with pressure jet machines while vacuum cleaners are deployed for general cleaning, it further read.
Many pilgrims have preferred to walk on the specially constructed 1.5 km Link Road which takes off near Gulshan Langar for their onward journey on the Tarakote Marg.
Governor has asked Additional CEO to send him daily reports, by 8 pm every evening, on every aspect of the Tarakote Marg usage, it added.

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