Rescue Teams Will Assist Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims Along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway
Police said on Monday that rescue teams will be stationed along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway to assist pilgrims during the upcoming Amarnath yatra. A security review meeting chaired by Superintendent of Police, Ramban, Mohita Sharma, made the decision to deploy the rescue teams on the highway, especially in slide-prone areas, according to a police spokesman.
It was also decided that a sufficient workforce would be deployed ahead of time to ensure that the yatra’s base camps and routes were secured and checked as soon as possible.
After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 43-day Amarnath yatra is set to resume on June 30 from the twin routes – the traditional 48-km Nunwan in south Kashmir’s Pahalgam and the 14-km shorter Baltal in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal.
The SP Ramban, speaking at the meeting, called for an effective mechanism and planning to ensure a smooth and peaceful yatra. While putting in place security arrangements, SP Sharma instructed officers to concentrate on sensitive locations and base camps.
“All stakeholders of the Army, Central Armed Police Forces, police, and civil administration must establish coordination mechanisms and communication systems,” the SP added.
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