REASI: Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Sanjeev Verma on Saturday chaired a meeting here to review the preparedness for Navratra festival, organised by Tourism Department at holy township Katra- the base camp for Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine.
“The festival would start from October 10 and continue for nine days featuring series of religious and cultural programmes. DC Reasi has been designated as Nodal officer for the festival this year,” an official statement said.
The meeting was informed that the nine day festivities would start with inauguration of the festival on October 10 at 11 am at the Asia Chowk Katra followed by Shobha Yatra and a grand event showcasing the cultural heritage of the state and the country.
Briefing the meeting, Director Tourism informed that various events will be organized during the festival days including presentation of Mata Rani ki Kahani, Ram Leela, Prabhat Pehris, folk festival, devotional song competition, wrestling competition and various other cultural programmes. The meeting also proposed to introduce Bhagvat Katha during the festival.
Divisional Commissioner had a detailed review of the arrangements being put in place for conducting the grand annual festival. He directed the concerned departments to work in a well coordinated manner to make elaborate preparations well in advance. He stressed on proper regulation of traffic, foolproof security, adequate arrangements for health care, water and power supply in the entire town.
He further directed the local Municipal Committee for ensuring proper sanitation and cleanliness in the holy town besides proper disposal of garbage. He also asked them to beautify the city in collaboration with Shrine Board.
To give a face-lift to the holy town, the Div Com asked the Municipal authorities to paint the walls with scenic landscapes and images depicting the rich folk and cultural heritage of the state and sceneries of magnificent scenic tourist spots of the division.