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KATRA: Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, reviewed the functioning of the Tarakote Marg with Sh.  Anshul Garg, Additional CEO, Shrine Board. This over 7 km long picturesque Marg, between Katra and Adhkuwari was opened to pilgrims less than two weeks ago and finally inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 19th May 2018. In the past 13 days during 13-25 May, nearly 20,000 on-foot pilgrims used Tarakote Marg for their journey to the Holy Cave Shrine and on their return journey to Katra. 


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 Shrine Board for facilitation of the pilgrims. The floating fountains in the water body developed at Tarakote have become a special attraction for pilgrims, particularly the children. The colourful lights emanating from these fountains present a panoramic view 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. To ensure utmost sanitation and cleanliness on the track, mechanized cleaning is being done 24x7 through ride-on machines, the Toilet Blocks are being cleaned with pressure jet machines while vacuum cleaners are deployed for general cleaning.  

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 Sh. Garg, Addl CEO to send him daily reports, by 8 pm every evening, on every aspect of the Tarakote Marg usage. 

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SRINAGAR: Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, chaired a high level meeting at Raj Bhavan here today to review important security related issues in regard to the Shri Amarnathji Yatra which is scheduled to commence on 28th June, 2018. The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Director General of Police, heads of State and Central Intelligence Agencies, GOC XV Corps, GOC Victor Force, senior most officers of the Central Armed Police Forces, Inspector General of Police Kashmir; CEO and Additional CEO of the Shrine Board.

Shri S.P. Pani, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir and Major General J.P. Mathew, GOC, Victor Force, made detailed presentations regarding the obtaining and emerging security environment in the State, keeping in view the envisaged objectives of forces inimical to the prevalence of peace.

 Governor stressed the need for all concerned agencies to keep a close watch and maintain effective co-ordination to ensure the smooth conduct of the forthcoming Yatra.  The meeting held extensive discussions in regard to the issues relating to the obtaining security environment in the State; preparedness for meeting any unforeseen situation arising in the Yatra area; functioning of the Joint Control Rooms (JCRs) at every Yatra Camp; deployment of NDRF, SDRF and  Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs)  of the State Police along with Rescue Teams of various Security Forces at  identified locations on both Yatra routes; deployment of well equipped Fire Fighting units at pre-determined points; installation of X-Ray Baggage Scanning Units at appropriate locations on both the Yatra routes; Access Control arrangements at the Neelgrath, Panjtarni and Pahalgam Helipads etc.

The meeting discussed the enforcement of an effective Access Control System at the Baltal and Nunwan Base Camps and at the Domel and Chandanawari Access Control Gates; effective traffic regulation from Lakhanpur Check Post onwards; ATC arrangements for the heli services from the Pahalgam  and Neelgrath to Panjtarni; transit camp arrangements; installation of CCTVs at various camps and at the Access Control Gates; etc. 

Timing for movement of Shri Amarnathji Yatris

Stressing the need to strictly enforce the cut-off timings for the up-convoy from Jammu to Pahalgam / Baltal and down-convoy from Baltal and Pahalgam  to Jammu, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, informed that the following cut off timings will be strictly enforced for the movement of Yatris:

Convoy / vehicles en-route Pahalgam /  Baltal from Jammu shall cross Mir Bazar by 1500 hrs every day.

Convoy / vehicles en-route Jammu from Pahalgam /  Baltal shall cross Mir Bazar by 1800 hrs every day.

 Every day

Governor directed Director General of Police; Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir Divisions; Inspector General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir Divisions to ensure wide publicity of the Advisories relating to safety and security of Yatris, including the cut-off timings, through print and electronic media and particularly display these at Railway Station Jammu; Yatri Niwas Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu; Lakhanpur Check Post;  the On-spot Registration Counters at Jammu and Srinagar and at Base camps of Baltal and Nunwan and at Panjtarni through Public Address system by Information Department of the respective District Administration. He further directed Chief Secretary to ensure that the roads from Jammu to Srinagar; Srinagar to Baltal; and Anantnag to Pahalgam are maintained in satisfactory condition for the smooth movement of the pilgrimage.

Governor directed DGP and Divisional Administration, Kashmir to strictly enforce the prescribed regulatory mechanisms and ensure that only those Pilgrims who possessed valid Yatra Permits were allowed to undertake the Yatra on the date and by the route for which they had procured Advance Registration.  The meeting also discussed the specific measures which would be enforced for ensuring smooth and unhindered movement of validly registered Yatris right from the time they enter into the State and travel to the Holy Cave in order to prevent avoidable inconvenience to the Yatris. 

Noting that the various Service Providers, particularly ponywallas, labourers, palki wallas, tent and shop owners, etc play a very important role in the smooth conduct of Shri Amarnathji Yatra, the Governor directed Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and IGP Kashmir to ensure that all the Service Providers were enabled to function in a safe and secure environment in the Yatra area.  Governor observed that the Shrine Board has provided all Service Providers with an Insurance Cover of Rs. 3 Lakh each and ponies for Rs. 30,000 each against accidental death in the Yatra area.

Governor advised Chief Secretary to sensitize the Disaster Management agencies and ensure that all disaster management related arrangements for the Yatra are subsumed within the overall disaster management framework of the State. He directed Chief Secretary to chair an early meeting with DGP, GOC, 15 Corps and heads of all other security agencies to ensuring pooling of their disaster related resources at designated locations in the Yatra area.

The meeting was attended by Shri B. B. Vyas,  Chief Secretary; Dr. S. P. Vaid, Director General of Police, J&K; Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt, GOC, Hqrs. 15 Corps; Maj. Gen. J. P. Mathews, GOC, Hqrs, Victor Force; Shri V.S.K. Kaumudi,  Additional Director General, CRPF, J&K Zone; Shri Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to the Governor and Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board; Shri R.K. Goyal, Principal Secretary, Home; ShriZulfiquar Hasan, IPS, IG, CRPF (Ops), Kashmir; Shri A. G. Mir, Additional Director General of Police, CID, J&K;  Shri Muneer Ahmed Khan, ADGP, Security & Home Guards;  Ms. Sonali Mishra, IG, BSF; Shri S.P Pani, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir; Shri Ravi Deep Singh Sahi, IG, CRPF, Srinagar Sector; Gp Capt S Roy Chowdhury, Air Force Station, Srinagar; and Shri Bhupinder Kumar, Additional Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board.

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  • Reviews Dargah beautification plan, directs pacing up of decongestion plan, handing over sanitation to SMC, exploring possibility of community hall construction

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today visited Jamia Madinatul Uloom at Hazratbal and took stock of its functioning. During the visit, the Chief Minister was briefed about the activities at the school by Principal, Prof. Muhammad Tayyib Kamili. The Chief Minister, who is also the Chairperson of the J&K Wakf Board, directed installation of computers at the school and restoration of its library. Mehbooba Mufti, on the occasion, also took an appraisal of various beautification projects underway at the shrine complex.


Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development, Asiea Naqash; Vice Chairman, Wakf Board, Nizamuddin Bhat; officers of Divisional and District administration were present on the occasion. Earlier, the Chief Minister visited Dargah Hazratbal and prayed for peace and prosperity of the people of the State. Later, the Chief Minister convened a meeting of Wakf Board and officers of Divisional administration to review the pace of beautification and expansion of Dargah complex.


Mehbooba Mufti directed pacing up the process of decongestion of the shrine complex and its adjoining areas. She also directed undertaking repairs of ladies section of the shrine, handing over of sanitation activities to SMC, working on the proposal to construct a community hall nearby. The Chief Minister asked the Wakf authorities to dove tail their electrification works with the PDD so that an interruption free supply of power is ensured at the shrine complex.


Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development, Asiea Naqash; ADGP, Security, Muneer Ahmad Khan; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed; CEO, Wakf Board, Bashir Ahmad Dar; Commissioner, SMC, Reyaz Ahmad Wani; Vice Chairman, LAWDA, Abdul Hafiz Shah; other senior officers and members of the Wakf Board were present in the meeting.