Amarnath Yatra 2022: Div Com inspects preparedness along Baltal route

A file photo of Hindu devotees as they march towards Amarnath temple in Kashmir.

Ganderbal: Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole on Wednesday took an extensive tour of Ganderbal and inspected preparedness for Amarnath Ji Yatra (SANJY) 2022 via Baltal route.

During the visit, the Div Com inspected arrangements being put in place at Sonamarg, Baltal Base Camp, and the development of Yatra track from Domail onwards for smooth conduct of SANJY-2022

Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Shyambir, Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, Director Disaster Management, Aamir Ali, ADC Ganderbal, SDM Kangan, CEO Sonamarg Development Authority, Dy Director Tourism, CMO Ganderbal, Executive Engineers of various wings besides other district officers and officials of NHIDCL accompanied the Div Com during the visit.

The Div Com inspected the facilities at Sonamarg Youth Hostel which is being identified as additional accommodation for pilgrims including bedding, renovation works, electricity, water and toilet facilities.

On the occasion, the Div Com reiterated that this year we are expecting more rush of yatries and gave necessary instructions to the CEO, SDA for increasing the bedding capacity of Youth Hostel besides carrying necessary repairing works.

Taking a strong note of the dilapidated road condition from Kullan to Sonamarg, the Div Com directed the officials of NHIDCL and BEACON to start repairing work and macadamization on the said road stretch immediately so that it is completed on time. Furthermore, the officials of NHIDCL were directed to lift construction material and debris lying along the Yatra route immediately which is the main cause of traffic jams.

The Div Com asked the NHIDCL to start leveling a few patches of land between the R&B road and the newly carved NHIDCL road identified for parking space on an immediate basis so that the same area could be used for parking of vehicles during the Yatra period.

The Div Com also inspected the facilities available at Baltal base camp hospital and gave necessary instructions to the Director Health Services Kashmir for further upgrading the facilities at the hospital.

Later, the Div Com also inspected the track from Domail to Brarimarg along with DC, ADC and other concerned district officers.

While inspecting the repairing work and other development works on the track, the Div Com complimented the District Administration for completing most of the works on the track despite tough terrain and uneven climatic conditions. He stressed further expediting the work on the track including installation of lights, wire meshing and other works to meet timelines.

While interacting with the officers, the Div Com said that UT administration is committed to ensuring the best facilities for the pilgrims and exhorted all line departments to ensure all works pertaining to SANJY-2022 shall be completed within an already fixed timeline and directed for regular monitoring of works along the Yatra route.


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