LG performs “Bhoomi Pujan” by Yatri Niwas
Sinha meets Gadkari, discusses road projects
SRINAGAR, May 3: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today participated in the Bhoomi Pujan of Yatri Niwas of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board in Pantha Chowk, Srinagar.
The new facility will meet a long-standing demand from all stakeholders, organizations associated with Yatra, devotees across the country and abroad. It will be built on 25 kanal lands and once the Yatri Niwas is completed, it will accommodate over 3000 pilgrims.
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Sinha observed that the Yatri Niwas being built in Jammu and Srinagar will be developed into vibrant centers of spirituality and knowledge. Spiritual programs will also be organized throughout the year for pilgrims and local people.
In a bid to make Shri Amarnathji Yatra a memorable and comfortable experience for millions of devotees, the J&K government initiated the construction of Yatri Niwas in Ramban, Jammu and now in Srinagar.
Relevantly, all of these facilities will have a common hall with places of worship and evening aarti and a library to present the spiritual and cultural heritage of J&K to visiting pilgrims.
He was informed that this year, the supply of tents and prefabricated structures is underway on the Pahalgam and Baltal axis, which will facilitate the accommodation of 57% more pilgrims than before Yatra. Full arrangements have also been made for langar, water, resting places, toilets and RFID tracking in nine districts on all routes of the trip.
Considering the COVID situation, all protocols will be followed and isolation facilities will be built near Panjtarni, Sacred Cave and Sheshnag. A 100-bed COVID care center is also being prepared for Srinagar pilgrims. In addition, the number of oxygen cabins has increased from 14 to 26 this year and two 30-bed hospitals are being set up for pilgrims in Baltal and Chandanwari.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor; Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; RK Goyal, Additional Chief Secretary, Ministry of Interior; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor and CEO, SASB and Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir also took part in the ceremony.
KN Rai, SASB member; Additional SASB CEO Rahul Singh, other senior SASB, civil and police administration officers were present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha also met with Minister of Road Transport and Union National Highways Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi today.
They discussed several key issues related to road and infrastructure projects in Jammu and Kashmir.