Sukhnandan takes stock of Amarnath Yatra

  • HTC and PTI, Agencies, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jun 28, 2015 21:43 IST

Minister for public health engineering, irrigation and flood control Sukhnandan Kumar Choudhary on Sunday visited the Amarnath Yatra base camps at Nunwan and Chandanwari.

The minister took stock of the arrangements put in place by the administration for smooth conduct of the yatra, which will commence on July 2.

After chairing a review meeting at Pahalgam, the minister went round the camps at Nunwan and Chandanwari. He inspected potable water supply arrangements, ration depots, medical centres, sanitation and langer facilities.

He also enquired about the security arrangements.

The minister directed the concerned authorities for making foolproof arrangements for smooth conduct of Yatra and ensuring that the Yatris coming from different parts of the country should not face any inconvenience.

The minister also interacted with langerwalas, ponnywalas, labour unions, among others and discussed various issues with them. He directed the concerned authorities to look into their problems and sort them out before commencement of Yatra.

In the review meeting, the minister was informed that complete arrangements have been made by the administration for smooth conduct of Yatra. He was also informed that the staff has been deputed for duties to various hilly stations like Sheshnag, Pisutop, Mahagunstop, Panjtarni and holy cave. He was informed that the staff will report at their respective stations well in time.

The minister was informed that sufficient quantity of foodgrains, LPG cylinders, life saving drugs, oxygen cylinders have been kept available at all the stations of the Yatra route.

The minister emphasised upon the authorities to work with synergy and keep close coordination with each other including Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board so that one-and-half-month Yatra concludes in a cordial atmosphere.

Meanwhile, Union home secretary LC Goyal on Sunday reviewed the security in Jammu and Kashmir with a special focus on the arrangements made for the 59-day annual Amarnath Yatra.

Goyal, who arrived here on a two-day visit on Sunday, took the review during a meeting with top brass of all security agencies including police, army and the civil administration.

The meeting was attended by the General Officer Commanding of the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, director general of state police K Rajendra Kumar, inspectors general of police, CID and paramilitary CRPF among others.

The focus of the meet was the security of the pilgrims of the Amarnath Yatra, but the general law and order situation in the state was also discussed, officials said.

"The Union home secretary was briefed by the officials on the security situation in the state with a particular reference to the Yatra," they said.

Goyal asked the officials to ensure that the Yatra remained peaceful, the officials said.

The home secretary also reviewed the internal security situation in the state particularly the situation arising in the wake of attacks in Sopore and hoisting of Pakistani and ISIS flags in some parts of the summer capital here, they said.

"He was also briefed about counter-infiltration and counter-insurgency operations in the Valley," the officials said, adding Goyal asked the security agencies to keep a close watch on anti-national elements.

Goyal is scheduled to visit the Yatra base camps at Nunwan and Pahalgam in South Kashmir on Monday.

He is also likely to fly to various other points on the traditional track of Chandanwari for on-spot review of the security and other arrangements for the pilgrims, they said.

Goyal is likely to call upon governor NN Vohra, who is also the chairman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), and chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to discuss the issues with them, officials said.

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