The Shrine Board is taking all measures to provide better facilities for Vaishno Devi pilgrims: LG


Jammu, Jul 28 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday laid the electronic foundations for the Yatri (Sky Walk) Queue Management System, Gayatri Bhavan and other projects infra of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine of the Raj Bhavan here.

The Lieutenant Governor, who is also Chairman of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, observed on the occasion that the Shrine Board is taking all necessary measures to provide better facilities and modern equipment to make pilgrimage convenient and hassle-free. hassle.

“The Government is already working on the ambitious project to develop a religious tourism circuit to strengthen the links between pilgrimage and the local economy”, added the Lt Governor.

Members, SMVDSB, Mahamandleshwar Shri Swami Vishveshvaran and Giriji Maharaj; Dr. Ashok Bhan; Kul Bhushan Ahuja; Dr Neelam Sareen; Suresh Kumar Sharma (retired judge) and Raghu K. Mehta attended the occasion in person and via virtual mode.

The Yatri Queue Management System (Sky Walk) would be built in Bhawan and Gayatri Bhawan, a residential staff accommodation, will come to Katra.

The Lieutenant Governor said Yatri Queue Management System (Sky Walk) is one of the Sanctuary Council’s targeted initiatives for the management of Yatra, as this facility is to provide safety, convenience and the ease of switching worshipers.

“The Yatri queue management system has been carefully organized by the Shrine Board with the aim of decongesting traffic in Bhawan for devotees visiting the shrine to ensure their easy crossing and to overcome the problem of multi-directional movement devotees,” he added.

Conceptualized with a focus on safety and facility development, the Skywalk to be executed by CPWD with a wooden floor will be 20 feet above runway level, 200 meters long with two rescue zones offering seats for the elderly and women.

Additionally, two waiting rooms with restrooms are being built along the Sky Walk to accommodate around 150 worshippers.

The Lieutenant Governor directed the CEO, SMVDSB and the executing agency to expedite the work within five months.

On this occasion, the Lieutenant Governor also launched “Panch Mewa Prasad” for devotees visiting the famous Hindu pilgrimage, nestled in the hills of Trikuta. He was informed that the Panch Mewa Parsad will be made available to devotees in Darshani Deodi, Banganga and Darshani Deodi, Tarakote.

However, this facility needs to be extended to souvenir shops and other places like heliport, railway station, airport, Jammu and Niharika complex, etc.

The Lieutenant Governor also reviewed the ongoing projects of Durga Bhawan and directed the executing agency to meet the timeline for the completion of this pilgrim-centric facility.

The five storey Durga Bhawan will have all the necessary amenities in addition to having adequate provisions for harnessing clean energy, sewage recycling linking existing sewage treatment plants and provision of lifts etc.

In order to add facilities to meet staff accommodation needs, the Lieutenant Governor also laid the foundation stone for the construction of residential staff accommodation at Nomain, Katra.

The complex to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 7.62 crore will consist of 16 two-bedroom sets and 28 one-bedroom sets with attached kitchen and bathroom, underground parking, provision of two lifts and fire safety and will be completed within a fixed period of 12 months.

In addition, issues related to Parvati Bhawan remodeling, RFID and slope stabilization were also discussed and necessary instructions were issued by the Lieutenant Governor to the Managing Director of SMVDSB.

The Lieutenant Governor was briefed by the CEO on proposed solutions such as RFID-based tracking and pilgrim batching, among a few others.

The Lieutenant Governor ordered that appropriate security measures be taken to deal with the problem of stone throwing, after consultation with experts. He said he was pleased with the construction of infrastructure, including housing for Shrine Board employees and a Yoga Bhawan.

Anshul Garg, Managing Director, SMVDSB; Navneet Singh, Additional Managing Director, SMVDSB and Superintendent Engineer, CPWD, and other SMVDB officials were present on the occasion.



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