J&K LG inaugurates yatri niwas for Amarnath pilgrims in Ramban
The facility can give shelter to 3,600 pilgrims.
''The state-of-the-art facility, with a capacity of 3,600 pilgrims, will provide a huge relief and comfort to the pilgrims,'' he added.
The project was completed at a cost of Rs 47 crore. The work was entrusted to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) in April 2021 and it was completed in a record time of 14 months, officials said.
The yatri niwas has a cluster of 17 dormitories in G+2 dimensions with all modern facilities and features, including modern toilets, fire extinguishers, signages, LED down lighters etc.
The LG congratulated the engineers, workers and officials for their tremendous efforts.
He also expressed his gratitude to IIT, Roorkee for making a significant contribution in the completion of the project.
Sinha said improvements have been made across the board to enhance the holding capacities at the shelters, provide best-in-class medical, sanitation and lodging facilities, and to offer the pilgrims the convenience of completing the pilgrimage in a single day by starting helicopter services on new routes.
For the convenience of the pilgrims arriving in Jammu, camps have been set up at the airport, the railway station and the bus stand, which will issue RFID tags on the basis of travel slips and identity cards, the officials said. Further, new shelter sheds have been built on the Baltal and Pahalgam axis. Battery-operated cars will be provided to the pilgrims for the 2.3-km distance of Baltal and Domel and optical fibre cable has been laid on the entire route of the yatra to provide dedicated telecom connectivity to the pilgrims.
The LG said the Amarnathji Shrine Board mobile application has been revamped and launched in five languages -- Hindi, English, Punjabi, Gujarati and Telugu -- to facilitate the pilgrims with up-to-date information, advisories etc.
It was informed that the duty officers deputed have been given training about the SoPs of all services related to COVID-19, health, cleanliness, waste management, monitoring of travel, food and prasad. Further, disaster-related facilities have also been duly planned and mock drills conducted regularly to tackle any eventuality.
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