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SRINAGAR: On the 43rd day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 1134 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave. Till date 2,76,259 Yatris had the darshan of the Shivling at the Holy Cave.

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BHADERWAH: District administration Doda today discussed arrangements for annual yatras, festivals and fairs celebrated locally here at a meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner, Simrandeep Singh. The arrangements for Annual Holy Kailash Yatra, Machail Yatra, Mani Mahesh Yatra, Shri Krishan Janmastmi and Mela Pat 2018 were discussed in detail with civil society members, representatives of religious organizations and local administration here at Bhadarwah.      

 

President Sanathan Dharam Sabha Bhaderwah informed the meeting about the dates and schedule of   forthcoming Yatras in the district and sought cooperation from District administration in making foolproof arrangements.  The forthcoming Yatras, as informed by the president SDS, include Machail Yatra, 1st and 2nd Mani Mahesh Yatra, Kailash Yatra besides various festivals.

 

The Sabha called upon administration to make foolproof security arrangements for the pilgrims and ensure maintenance of roads, availability of drinking water, presence of medical staff along the route of Yatra, provision of accommodation for pilgrims, arrangements of buses, telephone facilities, provision of firewood and arrangements of power Generators at yatra venues.

Responding to the issues raised by the Sabha, the DDC issued on the spot directions with respect to different Yatras falling on different dates across the district. For Security, the DDC asked the Bhaderwah Police authorities to deploy sufficient number of personnel along the Yatra routes to ensure safety of pilgrims. He further directed the police to ensure hassle free movement of vehicles carrying pilgrims.

 

Meanwhile, he asked the officers from forest department to clear the inconveniences along the traditional route besides making availability of firewood at Kailash kund.  He stressed on making adequate provision of drinking water along the yatra route to meet the requirement of huge rush of pilgrims expected this year. He further insisted upon the R&B, BEACON and PMGSY department to clear the landslides and be ready with men and machinery for further clearance. It was decided that a medical team would be sent with the Yatra in addition to the staff being posted at different halts en-route.

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SRINAGAR: Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), reviewed with Sh. Umang Narula, CEO, SASB, the functioning of the existing food and accommodation facilities in the various Yatra Camps located enroute to the Holy Cave.

CEO informed Chairman that consequent to the decline of the pilgrimage, of the 113 number of Langars which had been granted permission to set up Langars at various Camps located with in the Yatra area 78 Langars had been permitted to close their free kitchen services at various locations in the Yatra area. These Langars have returned to their native places in the first phase, after rendering free kitchen service to the pilgrims. The remaining 35 Langars are still providing free food services in the Yatra area and their number is sufficient to cater to the future requirements. As required, this number could also be curtailed.

CEO informed that 3710 Tents had been allowed to be pitched in the Yatra area by Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag and Ganderbal. In view of decreased number of Yatris, 3,265 Tents have left their allotted sites and 445 are meeting the requirements of Yatris.

Governor directed CEO to assess the number of Langars and Tents which are  required to cater to the continuously reducing number of Yatris visiting the Holy Shrine and allow their  closure in a phased manner.