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Amarnath Yatra: LG chairs Unified Cmnd meeting, reviews security

In the run-up to the upcoming annual pilgrimage to the holy Amarnath cave shrine nestled in South Kashmir Himalayas, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday chaired a Unified Command meeting in Srinagar to review the security arrangements and preparations for the Yatra.

The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretary and senior security officers from the Home Department, J&K Police, Army, Intelligence Agencies, CRPF, BSF and others.

The officers apprised the Lieutenant Governor about the overall security situation while threadbare discussions were held on various arrangements related to Amarnath Yatra.

Detailed plans for telecom connectivity, health care, fire safety, electricity and water supply, weather forecasting, langar management, sanitation, lodging and disaster management were reviewed by the Lt Governor.

Sinha also reviewed the detailed plans for all basic necessities including the security arrangements that have been put in place by J&K Police in tandem with Army and Central Armed Police Forces for all the Yatris and the service providers.

The Lt Governor expressed satisfaction over the arrangements put in place by Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) and other departments for the smooth and peaceful conduct of annual Yatra, which will start from June 30.

“The government is committed to provide the best facilities for Yatris. The improvements have been made in the arrangements as compared to the previous years. All necessary facilities including traffic management, health, communication, water sanitation are in place. We are aware of the high altitude related issues and an adequate number of oxygen cylinders, medical beds, emergency responders, doctors and nursing staff has been deployed to deal with any emergency situation,” Lt Governor said.

The CEO, SASB also briefed the meeting about services to facilitate the Yatris and do’s and don’ts for Yatris during the holy pilgrimage.

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