District Development Commissioner Anantnag, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, who is also the District Yatra Officer, today chaired a meeting to review the preparations made for the smooth conduct of the annual Shri Amarnath Yatra Ji Yatra which is commencing from June 29, 2017.
The DDC also reviewed the implementation of the recommendations of sixth report of the High Level Committee for Amarnath Yatra-2017.
ADC Anantnag, ASP Anantnag, CEO PDA, SE R&B, SE PDA, CMO Anantnag, Conservator Forests, SE PHE, Exen PDD, Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Assistant Labour Commissioner, ARTO, EOs of Municipalities, besides officers of Tourism, and other concerned Departments attended the meeting.
The meeting held threadbare discussions related to the commencement of Yatra including registration of ponies, labourers, accommodation, medicare facilities, transport facilities, ration, boarding and lodging facilities, supply of drinking water, solid waste management, sanitation and cleanliness, besides establishment of control rooms at all halting stations. BSNL authorities were directed to ensure best communication facilities for the pilgrims during the Yatra period.
SE R&B was directed to start the restoration and patchwork of Khanabal-Pahalgam road on war-footing. Besides, the concerned Departments were directed to display hoardings and milestones at various locations enroute the Pahalgam base camp.
The DDC directed all the concerned Departments to submit their proposals of new works to be executed for Yatra 2017 well before time and to convey the shortfalls, if any, so that appropriate measures are taken before the commencement of Yatra.
He also stressed the concerned officers/agencies to make all arrangements in advance besides dumping of essential commodities, firewood and other Yatra related machines at identified spots.
He directed Pahalgam Development Authority officials to start works on various routes as soon as possible so that Yatra 2017 gets underway smoothly. Besides, he directed PDD officials to ensure inflatable lights at all the yatra camps.
Meanwhile, CMO was asked to give the details of the causes of the deaths of pilgrims during last year Yatra and to suggest measures to minimize them.