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Ensure transport, hassle-free movement of devotees on Shab-e-Meraj: DC Srinagar to officials

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Hazratbal Shrine. [File Photo]

Srinagar: In connection with the observance of the upcoming Meraj-un-Nabi (SAW), the Deputy Commissioner(DC) of Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad undertook a visit to Hazratbal Dargah in order to take an onsite review of the arrangements being made by all line departments for smooth conduct of the auspicious religious occasion.

The DC on the occasion sought a detailed action plan from concerned Departments regarding the arrangements being put in place during auspicious days of Meraj-un-Nabi (SAW) related to electricity, water supply, cleanliness, fire service, transport, parking, and medical facilities.

The DC directed the Officers of all line Departments to ensure special arrangements for smooth observance of the pious day at the Shrine for the Devotees particularly during the intervening night (Shab) 26-27th Rajab 1444 Hijri, which falls on the intervening night of 18-19 February 2023 and on Friday Following that falls on February 24, 2023.

With regard to an adequate supply of water, The DC asked the PHE authorities to ensure an adequate water supply at the Shrine so that devotees do not face any inconvenience. He instructed them to keep a sufficient number of water tankers at the premises to cater to the demand.

The DC was apprised that a 50,000 Gallon OH tank is already in place at the Shrine, besides 220 water posts are installed to suffice the requirements of the devotees while additional 30 temporary water posts are being installed at the shrine.

Similarly, the PDD Officers were asked to ensure uninterrupted power supply at the Shrine during the auspicious days of night prayers as well as on the day of the display of holy relic and keep proper power backup to tackle any power breakdown.

In this regard, the DC was informed that in addition 400 KVA Genset and 20 KVA UPS have been kept as a backup to provide power supply during any failure so that devotees do not face any difficulty.

The DC also directed the SMC officials to deploy sufficient men and machinery at the venue to ensure proper cleanliness in and around the Shrine. They were also asked to take measures for the establishment of mobile toilets besides a concrete mechanism to contain stray dog menace in and around the shrine.

The DC also laid stress on making all dysfunctional street/mass lights functional well before the commencement of the holy religious occasion.

The health authorities were asked to set up a medical camp with an adequate number of doctors and paramedics, besides an ambulance service and other first aid facilities on the premises of Hazratbal shrine as per past practice to provide medical facilities at the Shrine.

With regard to traffic and parking facilities, the DC asked the traffic police authorities for ensuring hassle-free traffic movement of the devotees from different parts of Srinagar and other districts of Kashmir, besides making adequate facilities at the designated place for parking of the vehicles.

The RTO was asked to make better transport arrangements for the devotees during the auspicious days of Meraj-un-Nabi (SAW) and make availability of e-rickshaws from parking slots to shrine for old age and physically challenged people.

Earlier, the DC was apprised by the executive magistrate, JK Waqf Board about the arrangements being made by the Waqf Board for smooth observance of the holy religious occasion during which thousands of people are expected to visit to take a glimpse of the holy relic and offer special prayers.

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