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J&K Governor reviews facilities ahead of Amarnath yatra

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Pilgrims wait:Sadhus sit on the floor while waiting for their turn to register for the Amarnath Yatra in Jammu on Tuesday.

Srinagar: Two days ahead of the start of the annual Amarnath yatra, Jammu & Kashmir Governor N. N. Vohra on Tuesday conducted an aerial reconnaissance of the track to the famous hill shrine in southern Kashmir Himalayas.

Mr. Vohra conducted an aerial surveillance of the Chandanwari-Panjtarni stretch of the Pahalgam holy cave track and visited Nunwan, Chandanwari, Sheshnag and Panjtarni camps to review arrangements for the pilgrimage.

The Governor, who is also the Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, inaugurated a medical camp set up for pilgrims at Chandanwari on they to the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine.

Mr. Vohra flew from Srinagar to Pahalgam-Panjtarni early on Tuesday morning and reviewed the arrangements at the Panjtarni Camp and later at Sheshnag.

At Sheshnag, where the second stage of the yatra begins, the Governor met members of two Mobile Rescue Teams, comprising J&K Police personnel. Each team comprises 10 experienced and well-trained mountaineers, who will be stationed at Sheshnag and Poshpathri to assist pilgrims.

The teams wiall fix ropes along the dangerous stretches of the track between Sheshnag and Poshpathri on Tuesday itself for ensuring safety of the devotees, an official spokesman said.

Later the Governor went round the Nunwan Base Camp for nearly two hours for an in-depth review of logistical facilities and other arrangements set up for ensuring a smooth pilgrimage.

The Governor has been monitoring the pilgrimage arrangements on a daily basis to ensure their completion within the envisaged time frame. - PTI

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