With barely 3 days left for the start of the annual Amarnath yatra to begin from here,Bagwatinagar-base camp was made operational today.
The base-camp has been operationalised for the arrival of the pilgrims who will leave in the first batch to Amarnath cave shrine on June 24,Tourism department officials said here.
Apart from cleansing and white washing the 3-storied Yatri Niwas at Bagwatinagar camp,establishment offices of tourism,health centre,police assistance booth,community kitchens and tents have come up in the area for pilgrims.
The security forces,particularly CRPF,has been deployed in and around the base camp after santisation operation conducted by the police.
“Elaborate security measures have been made in and around the basecamp. we have recently reviewed the security arrangements at the base camp with CRPF officials”,IGP Jammu Zone,Dilbagh Singh said.
All infrastructure would be put in place by the next two days to ensure trouble-free stay of pilgrims visiting the cave shrine,they said.
The Divisional Commissioner Jammu,Pardeep Gupta also reviewed the arrangements for smooth conduct of upcoming Amarnath Yatra at a high level meeting also attended by the civil society members here and asked the officers at Yatri Niwas that pilgrims should get round-the-clock health facilities while a fair price shop has also been set up for their convenience. The arrangements for accommodation of the pilgrims along the yatra route in the eventuality of any emergency were also reviewed threadbare.
Reviewing the preparations made in the districts en-route,he asked the= administration heads to make elaborate arrangements for reception of pilgrims besides making elaborate provisions for security,accommodation and traffic regulation for smooth movement of yatris during normal days and also to meet emergency situation,including inclement weather.
The Divisional Commissioner instructed the concerned authorities to issue special sticker passes to the vehicles carrying pilgrims from Lakhanpur so that they are saved from being subjected to frequent checks during their onward journey to the cave shrine.
The Div Com informed that the government has also made provision for issuing SIM cards to pilgrims for yatra days which they can avail from BSNL.