July 2019 News

Restrictions On Kashmir Highway For Safety Of Amarnath Pilgrims: Guv. Malik

7 July 2019
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: Defending the restrictions on Srinagar-Jammu highway and railway service, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday said the restrictions have been imposed keeping in view the safety of pilgrims. 'People know what has happened on the highway. These restrictions are being imposed for the safety of yatris and the people should bear it,' he told reporters at 'Yatri Niwas' at Panthachowk. Governor visited the Yatri Niwas to take stock of the arrangements for the pilgrims. 'In our state in western Uttar Pradesh, when Kanwar yatra starts, no vehicle plies on the highway for a month and no one complains. Traffic is stopped for merely two hours here but a hue and cry is being raised,' he said. At least 49 paramilitary troopers were killed while more than four dozen were injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive laden car into a convoy of CRPF personnel near Lethpora in Pulwama on February 14. Regarding the concerns raised by tourism players about the negative impact of highway ban on movement of tourists, Malik said there was no impact on it. 'There is no impact on tourism. Gulmarg is full. People have to be stopped (from going) there, there is no place,' he said. Meanwhile, an official spokesperson said Governor Malik, who is also chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, visited the transit camp at Pantha Chowk on Sunday to review the facilities made available for the yatra pilgrims. Governor was accompanied by Dilbagh Singh, Director General of Police, Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer, Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), Baseer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Muneer Ahmad Khan, ADGP Law and Order, S P Pani, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir and Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar. During his visit, Governor inspected the medicare arrangements, lodging, langar, power and water supply, sanitation, transportation, 24x7 control room, traffic plan, security and other essential facilities available for pilgrims in the Transit Camp, the spokesperson said. 'Governor emphasized on maintaining coordination among all the departments and agencies concerned for the smooth conduct of the annual yatra and ensuring that the Yatris are provided best possible facilities. He directed all officers to ensure that every pilgrim is provided the required guidance and assistance for completing his Yatra without facing any inconvenience,' the spokesperson said in a statement. 'Governor interacted with pilgrims and inquired about the amenities being provided by the administration. Yatris expressed complete satisfaction over the arrangements made by the State Administration for their comfortable stay at the transit camp,' the statement said. 'Governor also interacted with the media persons and reiterated that the annual pilgrimage is conducted with the support of the local people of Kashmir and praised their role in ensuring the smooth conduct of the Yatra,' the statement added. Governor observed that the State Government is committed to provide quality, round the clock and hassle-free facilities to the yatris for the successful conduct of Shri Amarnath Yatra, it added. Meanwhile, on the seventh day of the ongoing yatra, 14,293 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave. Till date, 95,923 Yatris had the darshan of the Shivling at the Holy Cave.