Sheshnag (Pahalgam),July 16 (Vijay Kumar) –While appreciating the high level of synergy between the Kashmir Administration, the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) and the locals in the smooth conduct of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, the Jammu & Kashmir Governor, N. N. Vohra, who is Chairman of the SASB, emphasized the crucial need of further involving the local stake-holders such as hoteliers, tour and travel operators, tent/shopwallas, pony/pithuwallas etc, who constitute important components of this Yatra of faith and brotherhood.
The Governor acknowledged the enormous contribution of the locals in facilitating the Yatra and said that this needs to be sustained and further strengthened by bringing about harmony between all the service-providers. He reiterated that the Shrine Board would create a more conducive atmosphere for all those associated with the Yatra so that each of them plays a productive role during the pilgrimage. He observed that Shri Amarnathji Yatra, a symbol of the State’s unique composite ethos, had a potential to particularly transform the economy of Pahalgam and Baltal-Kangan belt, apart from the entire State.
He also announced launch of Pahalgam-Panchtarni heli-service for Amarnathji with effect from July 22. This will synchronize with the relocation of helipad, for the Baltal based service, from the
Stating this during his interaction with the senior officers of the District Administration, Anantnag and Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) at Chandanwari-14 kilometers from Pahalgam-the Governor said that the decision has been taken keeping in view the urges and aspirations of the Yatris and the local stake-holders.
The District Development Commissioner, Anantnag, Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmad, gave an overview of the facilities put in place right from Mirbazar to Chandanwari and beyond. He elucidated on the cooperation rendered by various departments and the locals for ensuring the smooth and regulated conduct of the Yatra.
The Governor visited Panchtarni, the last halting Camp on the traditional
The Governor went round the Camp and took stock of the arrangements made for Yatris which include lodging, catering through langars, sanitation and hygiene, medicare and supply of various utility services like electricity, drinking water and essential commodities.
Thereafter the Governor flew to Sheshnag and conferred with the Camp based officers of the Board, Security Forces and the Civil Administration. He laid special emphasis on further improving various facilities at this Camp keeping in view its high altitude and the particularly arduous track from Mahagunas Top to Poshpathri.
The Governor interacted with the Yatris at all these locations and enquired about the available facilities for facilitating their pilgrimage.
Meanwhile, a Spokesperson of the Board stated that the ongoing Yatra has already crossed a three lakh mark with 9,743 pilgrims performing darshan at the Holy Cave Shrine till the last evening. This morning, two batches of 2,294 and 1,421 Yatris left from the Baltal and the Pahalgam Base Camps, respectively, for their onward journey to the