Rakesh Minhas reviews Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra arrangements

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24×7 Lakhanpur Yatri Facilitation Centre, 12 RFID counters, 36 lodgment centers to come up  for Amaranth Yatris

KATHUA, June 11: Deputy Commissioner, Kathua Dr Rakesh Minhas chaired a meeting of officers to review the arrangements being put in place for smooth conduct of the Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra-2024.

It was decided in the meeting that ADC Kathua Ranjit Singh will be the overall Nodal Officer for SANJY-2024, whereas DC State Taxes, Pardeep Manhas to work as Nodal Officer for Lakhanpur Facilitation Centre. 

The Deputy Commissioner, while reviewing the progress of the arrangements, instructed the concerned departments to complete the remaining work well before the commencement of the Yatra, considering the expected increase in the number of pilgrims.

During the meeting, it was decided that the District Administration Kathua will prepare a contingency plan to accommodate 12,500 pilgrims in case the Yatra is halted due to inclement weather or any other emergencies for which 36 Lodgement Centres have shall be established. 

To ensure smooth issuance of RFID tags to registered pilgrims, the district administration has decided to increase the number of counters at the Lakhanpur Facilitation Centre from six to twelve, reducing congestion at the Jammu Base Camp.

The DC urged the stakeholder departments to submit their action plans regarding the provision of safe drinking water, power supply, medical facilities, sanitation, installation of toilets, lodging and langer facilities, traffic management, and security arrangements. He directed these departments to collaborate closely to finalize the necessary arrangements as soon as possible.

The DC emphasized the importance of training and sensitizing staff to assist the pilgrims and maintaining cleanliness and sanitation in the Lakhanpur corridor and along the Yatra routes. He further instructed Municipal Authorities, PWD, NHAI, and RDD to ensure the proper functioning and maintenance of public toilets throughout the Yatra period.

The DC also directed the concerned officers of NHAI and the Tourism Department to ensure the installation of digital screens, and signage at Lakhanpur and key points along the Yatra route.

It was announced that cultural programs would be held at Lakhanpur on the opening day and throughout the Yatra period to entertain the pilgrims.

The meeting also discussed in detail the facilities at lodgment centers, setting up a control room, disaster planning, monitoring the quality of food and eatables, maintaining proper sanitation along the Yatra route, and enforcing anti-polythene measures.

DC State Taxes Pardeep Manhas, ADC, Kathua Ranjit Singh, SDM Hiranagar Rakesh Kumar,  RTO Kewal Krishan besides other officers attended the meeting.

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