As the annual Amarnath yatra is going to start from the twin routes of Sonamarg and Pahalgam, the State administration has already taken number of decisions for the smooth conduct of yatra in this year. The Governor’s administration has taken slew of measures for this smooth and save yatra in Kashmir Valley in the coming month. In this direction, different wings of the government has galvanized ground support for the arrangements of the yatra.
Recently, State Governor Satya Pal Malik who is also Chairman Amarnath Shrine Board, chaired a high level meeting to review important security related matters with regard to the Amarnath Yatra which is scheduled to commence on 1st July 2019, from both the Baltal and Pahalgam routes. He stressed the need for all concerned agencies to maintain a close watch and effective coordination to ensure the smooth conduct of the forthcoming Yatra. Detailed presentations were made by the Security Agencies regarding the obtaining and emerging security environment in the State, keeping in view the envisaged objectives of adversary external agencies.
The meeting held extensive discussions with regard to preparedness for meeting any unforeseen situation arising in the Yatra area; deployment of ROP for safe movement of Yatris; Corridor security & Area domination especially beyond ROP hours; functioning of the Joint Control Rooms at every Yatra Camp; linking up Joint Control Rooms with the MET Department and the District Disaster Management Units; deployment of Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) of the State Police along with Rescue Teams of various Security Forces at identified locations on both the Yatra routes; deployment of well equipped Fire Fighting teams at pre-determined points; installation of X-Ray Baggage Scanning units at appropriate locations; Access Control Arrangements at Neelgrath, Panjtarni and Pahalgam helipads; Bar code enumeration points; telecommunication facilities along the Yatra routes etc.