STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Governor N.N Vohra, Chairman of the Shri Amaranathji Shrine Board, visited Yatri Niwas at Bhagwati Nagar and chaired a meeting to review the arrangements being made for Shri Amarnath Yatra. The Yatra is scheduled to commence on 29th June 2017, simultaneously on the Baltal and Chandanwari routes. Governor reviewed the arrangements for the Yatra from Lakhanpur Check Post to Jammu and up to Banihal Pass. Among the arrangement reviewed include reception of Yatris at Jammu Railway Station and the Bus Stand; on-spot registration of the pilgrims; the accommodation, catering, hygiene, sanitation, etc. He directed the District and Divisional authorities to ensure satisfactory arrangements in regard to water, power supply, garbage disposal, medicare, transport, and all other requirements for the pilgrims. He also directed the Tourism Deptt. to make adequate provision of lockers for the safe custody of the belongings of pilgrims. Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, apprised the Governor that a project had been prepared for air-conditioning the three storey building of the Yatri Niwas. Governor asked Dr. Kotwal to ensure that adequate arrangements are made for the Yatris at all the transit camps, to particularly take care of any emergency situations. He asked Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) to timely convene a similar review meeting with the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and officers of all concerned departments to ensure that all required arrangements are timely put in place in the Valley, from Banihal Pass to Pahalgam and Sonamarg respectively. Governor directed S.D. Singh, Inspector General Police (Jammu Division) to ensure that all necessary security related arrangements for the smooth conduct of the Yatra are made well in time. The Governor had a round of the Yatri Niwas complex and inspected the facilities available there. He was accompanied by Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to the Governor and the CEO SASB; Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu; Farooq Ahmad Shah, Secretary, Tourism; Manmohan Singh, Commissioner JMC; S.D. Singh, IGP, Jammu Zone; Jitendra Kumar Singh, Additional CEO SASB; Ashkoor Wani, DIG; Anuradha Gupta, DC (Incharge), Jammu; Sunil Gupta, SSP, Jammu; Nisha Nathyal, SSP Traffic Jammu; Manisha Sareen Joint Director Information and Vishesh Paul Mahajan, Joint Director Tourism, Jammu.
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