As the annual Amarnath Yatra is set to begin on June 30 after a gap of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday comprehensively reviewed the overall security arrangements for the 43-day pilgrimage. Command meeting in Srinagar
The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretary and senior security officials from the Home Department, Jammu and Kashmir Police, Indian Army, intelligence agencies, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF) and others.
The officials apprised Sinha of the overall security situation and discussed various arrangements related to the yatra.
Detailed plans for telecom connectivity, health care, fire protection, electricity and water supply, weather forecasting, sanitation, housing, anchor management and disaster management were reviewed.
He also reviewed the detailed plans for all the basic needs including security arrangements by the J&K Police in association with Army and Central Armed Police Forces for all the pilgrims and service providers.
Sinha expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) and other departments for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the annual Amarnath Yatra. “The government is committed to provide the best facilities to the passengers. The systems have been improved as compared to the previous years. All necessary facilities including traffic management, health, communication, water sanitation are in motion. We are aware of the altitude related issues and adequate number of oxygen cylinders, medical beds, emergency responders, doctors and nursing staff have been deployed to deal with any emergency.
Around eight lakh pilgrims are expected to participate in the Amarnath Yatra this year. The yatra will start from both routes – the traditional 48 km from Nunwan in Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and the 14 km short but steep Baltal route in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
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