Jammu and Kashmir government has deployed 20 senior civil administration and police officers for the Amarnath yatra to ensure timely and smooth conduct of the annual pilgrimage, scheduled to begin from June 25.
"As per the recommendations of a high-level committee, set up after Governor NN Vohra's meeting with chief minister Omar Abdullah, the state government has relieved 20 experienced civil and police officers, who have been deployed at the various camps en route to the holy cave shrine," Shri Amarnath Shrine Board chief executive officer NK Choudhary said.
The officers, who have already reported to SASB, have been briefed and given a detailed order which lays down their responsibilities within the jurisdictions assigned to them, he said.
All the officers have to reach their assigned camps at Nunwan, Chandanwari, Sheshnag, Panjtarni, Sangam, Holy Cave and Baltal by Thursday afternoon and stay there till the Yatra is over.
They will supervise all the arrangements and facilities being set up for the pilgrims, monitor the Yatra on an hour-to-hour basis and furnish reports to the Shrine Board Control Room five times a day, at fixed hours, Choudhary said.
The yatra arrangements are progressing satisfactorily despite the unfavourable weather conditions which have prevailed during the past several weeks, he said.
It is expected that track clearance and other arrangements will be put in place well in time for the Yatra to commence from June 25, simultaneously along both the routes, he said.
To ensure this, the board has deployed additional manpower and ordered work to be done in double shifts to compensate for the loss of time due to the adverse weather condition, he added.
Vohra is monitoring the progress made towards ensuring yatra arrangements on daily basis and in this connection, would be visiting Baltal and Domel on Wednesday to review the preparedness, he said.