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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Over 51,000 pilgrims registered for Amarnath Yatra in first 3 days

Srinagar, May 27 – The registration of Shri Amarnathji Yatra through the special counters set up by the J&K Bank across the country, at the request of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, had registered nearly 52000 pilgrims in the first three days since the commencement of advance registration.

According to a Spokesperson of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), 51,518 pilgrims registered themselves through on-line and by on-the-spot booking in 110 branches of the J&K Bank in various parts of the country from 20th-23rd May. This number includes 26,787 pilgrims seeking registration from the traditional route via Pahalgam and 24,731 from the route via Baltal.
The J&K Bank has also introduced a scheme to provide optional insurance cover to the interested pilgrims, the Spokesperson said.


District Development Commissioner reviews Shri Amarnathji Yatra arrangements at Samba

Jammu, May 27 - District Development Commissioner, Samba, Mr Saurabh Bhagat today had a meeting of district officers to review the arrangements being made in view of forthcoming Amarnath Yatra commencing from 15th June 2009.
The DDC directed the Executive Engineer PHE, Samba to make elaborate arrangements of water supply to the sites where langar for yatris are being arranged in the district. He also directed to make alternate arrangement for providing water supply through water tankers in case of failure of system. He also asked the Executive Engineer, EM&RE to keep close liaison with the Executive Engineer PHE to ensure uninterrupted power supply to all the places where the yatris will stay in the district during the pilgrimage.

SSP Samba apprised that foolproof security arrangements are being made for safe and secure stay of the devotees in the district while SSP Traffic informed that elaborate arrangements shall be made to regulate the traffic movement and parking places will be earmarked for parking of vehicles during the stay of the yatris in order to avoid traffic congestion.

Mr Bhagat discussed the health plan with the CMO to be put in place during the yatra and asked for arranging mobile ambulance for providing immediate medicare to the pilgrims. He asked for establishing a first aid centre at Chichi Mata Temple where lakhs of devotees halt for their onward journey.
Keeping in view inclement weather conditions, the DDC instructed the CEO to identify high/higher secondary school buildings for pilgrims’ stay in the district. He also constituted a committee comprising Additional DC, CEO, Additional SP, ACD and AEE, PWD (R&B), Samba to ensure that no yatri should face any inconvenience due to uncertain weather conditions.

To provide better communication facilities, the DDC asked the Director, NHIA to install signboards indicating diversions etc at the conspicuous places to avoid accidents. Besides, Fire & Emergency Services were asked to keep fire tender vehicles available at the district headquarter to meet any eventuality.
Mr Bhagat exhorted upon all concerned departments to ensure that all logistics like tents, langars, medicare etc should be made ready well in time.
Among others, the meeting was attended by SP Samba, SSP Traffic, Chief Medical Officer, Executive Engineer, PHE/EM&RE/PWD (R&B), ASP, ACD, Chief Planning Officer and DPO Samba.

Source: Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Department of Information, Press Note, May 27, 2009
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