Trying best to restore the Yatra at the earliest: J&K LG

Trying best to restore the Yatra at the earliest: J&K LG

Srinagar: J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday requested pilgrims to stay put in camps and said they are trying their best to restore the Yatra at the earliest.

At least 16 Amarnath Yatris were killed near Amarnath cave due to the cloudburst that triggered flash floods. The incident forced temporary suspension of the Yatra.

Sinha said this while chairing a high-level meeting today to review the ongoing rescue and relief operation at Shri Amarnath ji holy cave.

The meeting attended by senior security and civil officials observed two-minute silence to pay tribute to devotees who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident on Friday.

The Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen AS Aujla, and J&K DGP Dilbag Singh, briefed the Lt Governor about the ongoing rescue efforts at the holy cave. GoC said all the agencies involved in the rescue and relief operation are working in excellent coordination and they are well equipped to clear the debris.

The Lt Governor said the effort should be made to clear the debris within the shortest period of time.

DGP while briefing the Lt Governor about the injured devotees said, majority of the injured have already been discharged and few others being treated at base hospital and Srinagar likely to be discharged within 24 hours.

The Lt Governor said, teams from Army, CAPFs, NDRF & SDRF are on the ground and doing commendable job.

“I request Yatris to stay put in camps. Administration is providing all facilities for their comfortable stay. We are trying our best to restore the Yatra at the earliest,” Lt Governor said.

He also directed the senior officials, Deputy Commissioners and Camp directors to ensure best possible facilities are provided to the pilgrims staying at camps.

Earlier, Lt Governor had visited SKIMS to enquire about the health of injured pilgrims and subsequently went to PCR Srinagar where he was briefed about the status of sending the mortal remains of deceased pilgrims to their respective hometowns.

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