LG e-opens SASB Yatri Niwas in Chanderkote, Ramban
JAMMU, JUNE 28: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today inaugurated the Yatri Niwas of the Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board (SASB) in Chanderkote, Ramban, in virtual mode from the convention center, Canal Road, Jammu.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lieutenant Governor said today’s inauguration of Chanderkote Yatri Niwas is an important link in the administration’s efforts to stage a grand Yatra this year.
“The state-of-the-art facility, with a capacity of 3,600 pilgrims, will bring tremendous relief and comfort to the pilgrims of Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra,” he added.
The Lieutenant Governor observed that this picturesque Yatri Niwas spread over 23 canals is a milestone in Baba Barfani’s journey and every effort has been made to equip the establishment with all modern conveniences.
The completed project at a cost of Rs.47.00 crore is one of the fastest completed projects in UT. Immediately after the completion of the construction site, the project execution works were entrusted to the CPWD in April 2021 and were completed in a record time of 14 months.
Yatri Niwas has a group of 17 G+2 sized dorms with all modern facilities and features including barrier-free environment, modern toilets, fire extinguishing equipment, traffic signs, LED lights, etc. in all dorms.
Acknowledging the commitment of all those engaged in the construction of Yatri Niwas, tackling various constraints due to geography and terrain, the Lieutenant Governor commended the engineers, workers and civil servants for their tremendous efforts.
The Lieutenant Governor also expressed his gratitude to IIT Roorkee for their significant contribution to the realization of this project.
“I have personally followed all the arrangements. This year, facilities have been developed for passenger accommodation at 8 locations in the Yatra waiting area,” he said.
The Lieutenant Governor said improvements have been made across the board to improve retention capabilities, provide the best medical, sanitary and accommodation facilities, and in many firsts, provide pilgrims with the convenience of performing Yatra in a single day by starting the helicopter. services on new routes.
To facilitate the access of Yatris to Jammu, camps have been set up at the airport, railway station and bus stand which will issue RFID tags based on travel slip and map of identity. In addition, new shelters were built on the Baltal and Pahalgam axis. Improved medical facilities have been made operational to meet the emergency needs of Yatris.
Installation of a battery car will be provided for passengers on the 2.3 km distance of Baltal and Domel and a fiber optic cable has been laid throughout the Yatra route to provide dedicated telecom connectivity to pilgrims.
The Lieutenant Governor said Amarnathji Shrine Board Android Mobile App has been revamped and launched in 5 languages – Hindi, English, Punjabi, Gujarati and Telugu to facilitate Yatris with up to date information, notices etc.
It was informed that the delegated service agents have received training on the SOPs of all services related to covid, health, cleanliness, waste management, movement tracking, food and prasad . In addition, disaster-related facilities have also been duly planned and mock drills have also been conducted regularly to deal with any eventuality.
Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member of Parliament; Sh Chander Mohan Gupta, Mayor of Jammu; The SDC chairpersons of Jammu, Ramban, eminent personalities and religious leaders, former legislators, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), Traders Federation, as well as senior officials and other relevant people were present on occasion.
Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Sh Mukesh Singh, ADGP, Jammu; Ramesh Kumar, Jammu Divisional Commissioner; Musarrat Islam, Deputy Commissioner, Ramban; Avny Lavasa, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu was also present.