GANDERBAL, JUNE 15: Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan visited Baltal Base Camp today where he convened a meeting to have first-hand appraisal of the preparedness put in place for the smooth conduct of Shri AmarnathJi Yatra-2019 via Baltal route.
He was accompanied with DIG, central Kashmir, V.K. Birdi, DC Ganderbal, Hashmat Ali Khan, SSP Ganderbal Khalil Poswal, ADDC Shafqat Iqbal, ADC, chief engineers of PDD, R&B, I&FC and PHE, Director Disaster Management and concerned District officers of Health, Forests, Animal Husbandry, BSNL, Information and the other concerned Departments.
Taking an extensive review of the arrangements put in place to facilitate the Yatris, the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir asked all the concerned Government Departments, service providers and all other agencies to complete the entire remaining work pertaining to their departments before deadline so that all the arrangements and logistics are positioned well in time before the commencement of the Yatra on July 01, 2019.
The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir while reviewing the positioning and the Disaster Management measures, emphasized the need for ensuring prompt response in case of any emergent situation. For this purpose, he asked all the concerned agencies to ensure greater coordination at all levels.
During the visit, he took round of Baltal Base Camp and directed the concerned officials that tents and langer should be strictly installed as per the lay out design already formulated and urged for ensuring that all camps and langer are equipped with fire extinguisher equipments
He directed the concerned to ensure the basic arrangements including portable drinking water, power supply, installation of Halogen lights, bathroom, toilet facilities and availability of essentials commodities are put in place well on time.
The Divisional Commissioner directed the R&B department to ensure all repair, renovation and restoration of Yatra route well before the commencing of Yatra. He directed for special focus on slippery tracks/ areas and other critical spots including camping sites of Domail, Railpathri and Holy cave. He stressed for completion of pre-fabricated structures, wire meshing near slide prone areas and restoration of track at an earliest.
Regarding Healthcare facilities at Emergency Hospital Baltal Base Camp, the CMO Ganderbal informed that 40 bedded Hospital is already made functional besides sufficient stock of life-saving drugs, additional stock of oxygen cylinder and other medical facilities like X-ray, ECG are available.
The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir also visited several designated parking sites, where he directed the officials to ensure toilets are installed away from water bodies including Singh Nalah. He also directed for installing signboards depicting passenger fare rates at different places including Baltal Sumo Stand, Taxi Stand Sonamarg, Police Station Sonamarg and shall monitor the movement of vehicles during Yatra.
The Director Disaster Management informed that Mock and tabletop drills shall be started before the commencing of Yatra. The Div Com directed to keep sufficient teams of NDRF available from Baltal to Holy Cave with necessary equipment.
Regarding availability of essential commodities, the AD FCS & CA informed that sufficient quantity of essential commodities are available including rice, atta, sugar, k.oil, diesel and LPG cylinders which is dumped at Gund Granary. Similarly forest department was directed to ensure dispatch of fire wood at all stations well on time so that Yatries shall not face any inconvenience.
The Div Com asked the officers to ensure that arrangements concerning each department are put in place in time so that the pilgrims do not have to face any inconvenience on this account. He also directed for uninterrupted communication service under all circumstances during the Yatra period.