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Shri Amarnathji Yatra-2009
Nearly 11000 Yatris perform darshan yesterday.
Work on Chandanwari-Holy Cave track continuing


Srinagar, June 27 - According to Shri B. B. Vyas, Chief Executive Officer of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, 10,990 pilgrims had darshan at the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Amarnathji yesterday. He said that 7,000 pilgrims left Baltal Base Camp while another batch of 3,000 pilgrims commenced the Yatra from the Nunwan Base Camp early in the morning today.

Shri Vyas stated that 1,541 pilgrims had also left Jammu today for the Nunwan and Baltal Base Camps. He also informed that the work on improving the Chandanwari-Holy Cave track is proceeding apace to facilitate the pilgrims undertaking the Yatra on the traditional route.

Shri Vyas once again reiterated that no old or infirm person and children below the age of 12 years will be permitted to undertake the Yatra on the Sheshnag route in view of the weather conditions and the difficult snow route. The lady pilgrims have also been advised to avoid undertaking the Yatra on this route, at least for the next week or so, in view of the arduous nature and condition of the track. He also emphasized that Registration Slips are being checked at Nunwan and Chandanwari to ensure that no unregistered pilgrim is allowed to proceed on the Yatra on this route.
Shri Vyas added that one person namely Badhur Walla Bhai S/O Popot Bhai R/O Hariom Nagar, Suret, Gujarat died at Pissu Top yesterday, while two other persons, Prema Kohili W/O M. J. Kohili R/O Thana, Mumbai and Vinake Balla Ram S/O Balla Ram Kohili R/O Rajghar, Mumbai, also passed away at the SKIMS, Soura yesterday, where they had been admitted for treatment.

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Developing 9th Century Hari Parbat Fort a
Heritage Tourism Site

Srinagar, June 27 - Minister for Tourism and Culture Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora has stated that the government has gone into overdrive to showcase J&K’s rich heritage so that a new window is opened for the visitors coming to the State. He said measures are afoot to bring all heritage sites on the tourism map of Jammu and Kashmir. Mr. Jora was speaking during his visit to the majestic Hari Parbat Fort, at Srinagar today.

Expressing his deep love for cross-cultural plurality of the State, Mr. Jora said artistic richness of under-renovation Mubarak Mandi Complex in Jammu, Hari Parbat in Kashmir and Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh are apt indicators of J&K homogeneity.

The Hari Parbat Fort edifice, built by Afghan Governor in 1808, Atta Mohammad Khan, is the only living fort in Kashmir, believed to be 209 years old.

Mr. Jora said several heritage sites, spread across the State, depict cultural richness of the State that could be brought on the canvas of the tourism potential. Hari Parbat Fort, a state protected monument, is being developed as a heritage site and since 2006, work on its conservation and development has been going on. Out of an estimated Rs 2.13 crore, Rs 1.39 crore has been spent on its development so far.

The conservation work includes restoration of pristine glory of the monument so that it emerges as an epitome of Kashmiri heritage magnificence. Firmly entrenched in the past, the fort can attract large number of domestic as well as international tourists. Reemphasizing his commitment to link Kashmir’s past with present by persevering heritage sites and working on their upkeep, Mr. Jora said instructions have been issued to concerned authorities to fast-track conservation and protection of historical monuments and sites. He said fillip in state’s tourism economy is embedded in linking it with cultural distinctiveness of the State, which can attract domestic, foreign and Indian diaspora to the State.

The Minister went round the heritage fort and took on-spot-assessment of renovation works. He issued instructions for ensuring completion of remaining works and regular upkeep within and outside the fort premises. He directed for early renovation work of all ponds for harvesting rainwater.
Mr. Jora also issued instructions to the concerned authorities to initiate necessary measures for taking up works like landscaping, development of open space, public facilities, illumination in and outside the fort, installation of light and sound system and upgrdation of approach road from main road to the fort.

Director, Archives and Museum Mr. K. A. Qadri briefed the Minister about various conservation and renovation works taken up on the fort. He apprised the Minister that this fort is spread over an area of 200 kanal with nine watch towers and numerous battlements. He said about 80 per cent conservation work of the fort has been completed and assured the Minister that the remaining work would be completed by the end of September. The Minister also inspected renovation work of Sultan Dara Shuko Hamam at Muqdoom Sahib. He was apprised by Director Tourism, Kashmir, Mr. Farooq Ahmad Shah that the conservation work of this heritage site has been taken up at a cost of Rs 22 lakh and would be completed by the end of this year. Other senior officers of Archives and Tourism departments also accompanied the Minister.

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