Jammu and Kashmir LG conducts comprehensive review for Amarnath Yatra 2023, emphasizes increasing workforce to ensure timely completion of tasks

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Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha conducted a thorough assessment on Monday to ensure the readiness for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, scheduled to commence on July 1 and conclude on August 31.

In order to ensure a smooth pilgrimage experience, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha presided over a high-level meeting to evaluate the preparedness for the annual pilgrimage. He stressed the need to mobilize additional resources and manpower to ensure timely completion of ongoing tasks prior to the commencement of the Amarnath Yatra. This 62-day Yatra will take pilgrims to the 3,888-meter-high cave shrine in the South Kashmir Himalayas.

During the meeting, the LG reviewed the preparedness of all departments and concerned agencies. He specifically directed telecom service providers to enhance network connectivity and increase bandwidth along the Yatra route.

Attending the meeting were Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, CEO of the Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), Lieutenant General Rajiv Ghai, GOC of the 15 Corps, and other senior officials from the civil administration, SASB, Border Roads Organisation (BRO), and representatives of telecommunication service providers.

The Border Roads Organization (BRO) briefed LG Sinha on the progress made in track upgrades, the installation of safety railings on vulnerable stretches, snow clearance, installation of Army tents, and reinforcement of the telecommunication network. The LG also assessed the work completed by the irrigation and flood control department.

Preparations were also reviewed by Northern Army Commander Lieutenant Upendra Dwivedi, ensuring adequate arrangements for the upcoming Yatra next month. Multi-tiered security measures including night domination through night-vision devices, snipers, drone systems, and dog squads will be implemented to maintain strict security during the Yatra. Army officials confirmed that the road stretches on both routes leading to the cave shrine are nearly cleared.

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The Amarnath Yatra takes place annually through two routes: the southern route via Baltal in Ganderbal and the northern route through Pahalgam in Anantnag district.

“The Army commanders reviewed the ongoing preparations for the Amarnath Yatra, which will commence on July 1 for 2 months,” said Lieutenant Colonel Devende Anand, PRO, Defence, Udhampur. The Army commander inspected both routes during the review.

The preparations made by the BRO and Indian Air Force were also showcased to the Army commander.

To address potential emergency situations, civil rescue teams and avalanche rescue teams will be deployed along the routes, based on the lessons learned from a cloud burst incident during the previous year’s Yatra in 2022. Earthmovers will be strategically positioned at multiple locations for prompt responses to emergencies. A seamless communication network has been established on both routes. Special Frontier Force (SFF) detachments will oversee the security of the pilgrims. Additionally, helipads have been established at various locations by the Army to cater to medical emergencies.

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