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Amarnath yatra goes live for Raj Bhawan

Peerzada Ashiq , Hindustan Times  Srinagar, July 02, 2013
First Published: 20:24 IST(2/7/2013) | Last Updated: 20:26 IST(2/7/2013)

The Raj Bhawan in Kashmir is monitoring the Amarnath pilgrimage live from the two routes of Baltal and Nunwan in north-east and south of Kashmir respectively on the Internet, first time since a prolonged mass pilgrimage started a decade ago.

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Closed circuit cameras have been installed at the access control gates (ACG) at Chandanwari and Domel, which have been directly linked up with the Raj Bhawan via the Internet.

 "As soon as the pilgrims start arriving at the gates around 5 am for their onward journey to the holy cave, their movements are monitored live by the CEO," said a Raj Bhawan spokesman.

 During the day, four hourly reports are sent to the chairman regarding the camp-wise position of the number of pilgrims arriving there, halting and moving towards the shrine.

"The weather status is also reviewed several times a day," said the spokesman.
 
The Amarnath yatra, which started five days ago on June 28, started on a slow note because of the implementation of the Supreme Court directions.

 The shrine board is allowing only registered and fit pilgrims to embark on the treacherous treks of 14 km from Sonamarg, 110 km north-east of Srinagar and 42-km trek from Chandanwari, 100 km south of Srinagar's Pahalgam area.

The governor, NN Vohra, along with the shrine board chief executive officer Navin K. Choudhary spent considerable time on Tuesday at the NIC to monitor the movement of the yatra as live footage from both the ACS at Chandanwari and Domel was being beamed.

 More than 100 pilgrims died last year. Many were unregistered and without medical certificates.
Last year, on several days more than 20,000 pilgrims trekked the routes, posing a grave threat to them as well as ecology of the mountainous region of Sonamarg and Pahalgam.

Around 51,291 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the shrine so far. Last year, around 6.5 lakh devotees visited the shrine.

"The Yatra is running smoothly and all essential arrangements have been working well so far," said governor N N Vohra, who is also chairman of the SASB.

 All the camp directors have been asked to launch special cleanliness drives in their respective camps and ensure the appropriate disposal of all bio-degradable and non-bio-degradable wastes.


New yatra measures after SC rap

1) The board, for the first time, is making special announcements on speakers for unregistered and unscheduled pilgrims to dissuade them from embarking on any yatra route.
2) Pilgrims above 75 and below 13 are not allowed
3)  Only pilgrims who are registered for the day will be allowed and unscheduled pilgrims are returned. 12,000 unregistered and unscheduled were returned on day one.
4) There is colour coding for pilgrims for each day of the week.
5) Gates have been set up on the routes to stop pilgrims from sneaking in.
6) A diet chart has been issued to langars (free meal stalls). It was observed that many pilgrims had developed complication by taking unhealthy food before trekking to the cave.
7) Slippery paths have been railed up on the Baltal route and roads widened.
8) The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has been equipped with mobile oxygen cylinders.
9) A multi-layer medical facility system with oxygen-fixed beds has been set up.


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