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KATRA: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has made elaborate arrangements for the larger number of pilgrims who are likely to visit the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji during Navratras, which are commencing from tomorrow. These arrangements include ensuring proper water and power supply along the track leading to the Shrine, sanitation and availability of special fast related food at the Bhojanalayas of the Shrine Board.

Mr. Dheeraj Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board, today reviewed the to-date status of these arrangements with Dr. M. K. Kumar and Mr. Anshul Garg, Additional Chief Executive Officers; Dy. CEOs, concerned engineers and Area as well as Unit Heads of the Shrine Board, keeping in view the large flow of pilgrims expected during the Navratras. He also took stock of the arrangements put in place for the pilgrims enroute Katra to Bhawan and in the Shrine area.

Giving details of these arrangements, the CEO informed that like in the past the Bhawan of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji, Atka and the area surrounding it have been tastefully decorated with flowers brought from various parts of the country and abroad. All the routes leading to the Holy Cave Shrine have been renovated and establishments whitewashed for convenience of pilgrims, besides ensuring sufficient supplies of provisions, food, water etc. along the track.

The CEO informed that the Shrine Board has also launched a special sanitation drive on the track, along the hill slopes, the holy Banganga river and in the Bhawan area for ensuring utmost sanitation and cleanliness. He added that this cleanliness drive is in addition to the normal sanitation activities of the Shrine Board which include maintaining sanitation along the entire track and various establishments of the Shrine Board. 

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UDHAMPUR: Arrangements for Navratras and Dussehra festival were discussed today here at joint meeting of representatives of religious organizations, civil society members and civil and police officers chaired by District Development Commissioner, Ravinder Kumar. 

The meeting discussed arrangements for security health and other essential services. Chief Medical Officer was asked to deploy a team of doctors and an ambulance for providing necessary healthcare facilities. The PHE department was asked to ensure regular supply of drinking water and barricading at the venue while   EM & RE department was directed to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the festival.

Stressing on maintaining cleanliness in the town, the DDC directed the CEO MC to take necessary steps in this regard. The meeting sought the cooperation of civil society in keeping the town neat and cleans during the festival days.

Meanwhile a committee comprising Tehsildar, Assistant Director FCS & CA, CEO Municipality and Food Safety Officer was constituted to conduct regular visits to the market to keep check on overcharging by the shopkeepers.   The shopkeepers were also asked to display the rate list of the essential commodities for the information of general public.

He further asked to Traffic department to deploy adequate number of traffic personnel at jam prone areas to avoid any traffic congestion during the festival while the Information department was asked to give wide publicity to the events to be organized during the nine day long festival and during the festival of Dussehra.

Among others the meeting was attended by Senior Superintendent of police, Rayees Mohammed Bhat, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Gurvinderjeet Singh Executive Engineer, PWD Purshotam Lal, District Information Officer, Er. Sajad Bashir Somberia, Executive Engineers PHE, Ashok Sharma PDD, Rajinder Gupta AD FCS&CA Shave Sharma and other district officers of different departments.

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SRINAGAR:  The 578th Urs of Sheikh-ul-Alam Sheikh Noor-u-Din Noorani (RA), popularly known as Nund Reshi, was observed today at Chrar-e-Sharief in Budgam district with religious fervour. Nund Reshi, the patron saint in Kashmir, is highly revered by both Muslims and Hindus. Thousands of devotees from across the valley thronged at Chrar-e-Sharief shrine where special prayers, salutations and supplications were held. On the occasion, religious scholars threw light on the life, religious services, teachings and spiritual strength of the saint who had devoted his life to the preaching of Islam.