Governor N N Vohra, who is also the Chairman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, visited Baltal Base Camp, Domel Access Control Gate and Neelgrath Helipad to gain a firsthand assessment of the ongoing pilgrimage and the difficulties, if any, being faced by the yatris, an official spokesman said in a statement.
He said the Governor was accompanied by Bhupinder Singh, additional CEO of the Shrine Board, Dr Piyush Singla, deputy commissioner Ganderbal and Fayaz Ahmad Lone, SSP Ganderbal.
On arrival at the Baltal Base Camp Governor went round the camp; visited the base hospital where he met doctors from Delhi and Rajasthan who are serving this 40 bed medical unit since 28 June. He also visited a few langars and Shrine Board huts; reviewed the functioning of the STP at the base camp. He devoted considerable time to review the sanitation and cleanliness arrangements within and outside the camp and gave directions to additional CEO, general manager (Works), general manager (Sanitation) and camp director regarding the further actions to be taken by them to enhance cleanliness.
Later, the Governor took a meeting with camp directors and all the officers involved in the conduct of the pilgrimage. He particularly reviewed the sanitation arrangements; functioning of sewage yreatment plant (STP); water and power supplies; functioning of medical units and langars, availability of essential commodities etc.
The Governor reiterated his earlier directions to camp directors about the need to ensure effective maintenance of sanitation in all the camps in the Yatra area and, besides, complete cleanliness along both the Yatra routes. He directed the camp directors and all concerned officers of the district administration to ensure that there is no impediment in the pilgrimage till its conclusion on August 26. Later the Governor inspected the heli-operations at the Neelgrath Helipad and enquired about the services from the yatris.
Considering the progressive decline in the strength of the pilgrimage, the Governor shall be taking a meeting next week, also involving all security forces, regarding the management of the pilgrimage in the remainder period of the yatra.