jammu: 20,000 capacity accommodation set up for Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu: official

The administration of Jammu and Kashmir is making arrangements to set up accommodation with a capacity of 20,000 people in the Jammu division for the upcoming annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave sanctuary in the southern Himalayas in Kashmir, said a senior official. Jammu Divisional Commissioner Raghav Langer said the 2020 and 2021 Yatras at the shrine at an altitude of 3,880 meters were conducted on a symbolic basis due to the Covid pandemic, and this year the number of pilgrims should be very high.

“The expected huge footfall will certainly boost tourism activities in the region which has experienced a lean season for the past two years due to COVID-19,” Langer said, chairing a joint meeting of government officials and officials on Friday. members of civil society to discuss and review the modalities of the pilgrimage which usually takes place in the month of ‘Shravan’ (July-August).

The divisional commissioner said the administration was making arrangements to create accommodation with a capacity of 20,000 people.

A 3,000-bed yatri niwas has been built at Chanderkote in Ramban district by the shrine council and it will give a major boost to the accommodation capacity for pilgrims along the Yatra route, he said. declared.

He said the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) has introduced IT interventions to ensure the safety of future pilgrims.

The council has decided to use radio frequency identification (RFID) to track the movements of vehicles and pilgrims during this year’s pilgrimage to the revered shrine, home to the naturally formed ice shivlingam, the officer said.

He said RFID cards will be issued to all pilgrims.

During the meeting, participants suggested placing special emphasis on the cleanliness of market areas, religious places and the city, in addition to better lighting, more accommodation centers and better control room services, an official spokesperson said.

They suggested distributing leaflets containing information on tourist destinations in the districts of Jammu division in Lakhanpur – the gateway to Jammu and Kashmir bordering Punjab, the spokesman said.

To make Yatra more comfortable for pilgrims, he said attendees also suggested to carry out vehicle check and tagging only at Lakhanpur if documents are complete and said there should be no other checks at any other checkpoint.

Attendees advised to start helicopter service from Jammu, allow tourists to visit destinations in other districts and ease the process of changing (community cooking) permission, the spokesperson said .

They also suggested setting up special vehicle services for Yatris to visit local tourist spots like Suchetgarh Border, Bahu Fort and Peer Kho, the spokesperson said.

He said that all participants have assured their full cooperation to the administration for the success of the Yatra.

The Divisional Commissioner said the Yatra is also pushing business activities in the region which have suffered greatly during the Covid lockdown.

“Tourist activities will also be promoted as many new tourist destinations have been developed in Jammu and outlying districts,” Langer said.

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