SRINAGAR: Governor N. N. Vohra, Chairman of Amarnath Shrine Board, reviewed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra at a high-level meeting at Raj Bhavan on Friday.
The meeting was attended by K Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor, B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Dr. S. P. Vaid, Director General of Police, J&K; Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt, GOC, 15 Corps; Maj. Gen. J. P. Mathews, GOC, Victor Force; Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor and Chief Executive Officer, Amarnath Shrine Board; R.K. Goyal, Principal Secretary, Home; Baseer Ahmed Khan, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Zulfiquar Hasan, IG, CRPF (Ops), Kashmir; A. G. Mir, ADGP, CID, J&K; Muneer Ahmed Khan, ADGP, Security & Home Guards; S.P. Pani, IGP, Kashmir; Ravi Deep Singh Sahi, IG, CRPF, Srinagar Sector; S.S. Guleria, DIG, CRPF, Srinagar; and Bhupinder Kumar, Additional Chief Executive Officer, Amarnath Shrine Board.
Umang Narula, CEO, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, informed that till date 2,49,220 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the Shrine and the daily average arrival of the pilgrims was showing a progressive decline.
In the context of the further thinning of the Yatra in the coming days, the meeting reviewed the security aspects relating to the inward and outward movement of the declining number of Yatris as well as of the Langar Organisations which would be moving out of the Valley after finishing their assigned tenures. The meeting discussed the present security environment and the status of preparedness for meeting any unforeseen arising situation along the entry into the Valley and on the routes to Baltal and Chandanwari.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir informed the meeting that he has been regularly monitoring the basic facilities, including provision of medical services, water and power supplies etc. and all emerging issues are being handled on an immediate basis. He further informed that wire-mesh fencing and protection works have been completed on the most vulnerable stretches of Railpathri-Brarimarg track to ensure safety of pilgrims and Service Providers.
CEO informed that 71 Medical Camps have been setup on the two Yatra routes. The State Health Department has set up 15 Oxygen Booths (with oxygen concentrator) at critical locations on both the routes; these oxygen Booths are in addition to Oxygen concentrators which are available at each Base Hospital. To provide specialized medical treatment, doctors and paramedics have also been deployed by the Union Health Ministry from various prestigious institutes which include AIIMS, CGHS, JIPMER, LHMC, PGIMER and Dr. RML Hospital, besides those deputed by the States of Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, M.P., Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, and U.P. to assist the medical arrangements for the Yatra at the various camps. It was further informed that apart from OPD facility being provided to 1,80,289 Yatris/ Service Providers and inpatient treatment to 25,012 Yatries/ Service Providers at various medical camps in the Yatra area; 3014 X-Rays, 3707 ECG, and 11,555 lab tests have been performed so far in the Yatra area. Further, 115 patients have been treated in HAPO (High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema) Bags and 122 patients have received medical care for cardiac related problems in the Yatra area. 598 cases have been referred to tertiary health facilities for specialized treatment at Srinagar.