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Amarnath Yatra: CEO SASB reviews Yatra preparedness at Domail, Baltal Base camp






GANDERBAL, JUNE 09: Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), Umang Narula today visited Domail and Baltal base camp and chaired a meeting of officers to review the preparedness for the smooth conduct of Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra-2019 via Baltal route.

The CEO impressed upon the concerned authorities to ensure that all facilities and arrangements concerning each department   required for the smooth conduct of the Yatra are put in place well before its commencement on July 01, 2019. He called for a synergized approach between various departments to achieve desired results.

The meeting was attended by ADDC Shafqat Iqbal, ADC Showkat Ahmad, SDPO Kangan, Sheikh Tahir, Executive Engineers of PDD and PHE, AEE R&B & other concerned officers.


The Additional District Development Commissioner Ganderbal apprised the CEO regarding the arrangements to be put in place by departments associated with Yatra for smooth conduct of SANJY-2019 via Baltal. He gave a detailed review of teams constituted besides Shops/Boarding Tents permissions, Contingency Plan, Communication Plan, registration of service providers, Disaster Management unit, etc.

AEE, R&B department briefed the CEO about the progress on the track including snow clearance and wire meshing at vulnerable spots. To prevent the track from washout due to rain/flash water, the CEO instructed the concerned department to identify vulnerable areas so that proper drainage system is put in place along the steep side of the tract where ever needed. He also asked the concerned officials to work out the possibility of early warning system in case of any exigency at vulnerable points along the track.

Executive engineers of PHE and PDD informed the meeting that water and power supply is already restored at Baltal and Domail.

The CEO, SASB instructed the concerned departments to install signboards depicting passenger fare rates at different places including Baltal Sumo Stand, Taxi Stand Sonamarg, Police Station Sonamarg. Besides signages on Yatra route from Manigam to Baltal depicting facilities like Lavatory Block, Filling Station, Sumo Stand, Hospital, important Helpline numbers and shall monitor the movement of vehicles during Yatra.

He also directed for ensuring proper sanitation in and around Transit Camps and maintaining the cleanliness of entire track en-route to the Holy Cave. He stressed to ensure decomposition of wastes through Solid Waste Management Technique. He also asked the officials to identify space for separate Pony Stand.

Regarding the availability of essential commodities, the CEO was informed that a sufficient quantity of essential commodities is available which is already dumped at a designated station.



Akhtar expresses dismay over lack of dev in B’pora




Srinagar, Jun 17: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senior leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar toured various far-flung areas of north Kashmir’s Bandipora in order to get the first-hand appraisal of the grievances being faced by the people in these remote hamlets of the constituency.

Akhtar visited Chandaji area where recently two young were killed due to the windstorm. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, he questioned the delay being done by the government in disbursement of ex-gratia in favour of the next kin of the victims.

Also, while meeting several peoples’ delegations in the area,


Akhtar was appraised about the lack of proper road connectivity and how in spite of the approved scheme under PMGSY, no work on the project has been started yet.

Akhtar also spoke to the concerned Chief Engineer over the issue who assured him that the work on the road will begin soon.

The PDP leader, meanwhile, urged the government to ensure that present development season is not lost and take into consideration the hardships being faced by the inhabitants of the area as they have to walk through 7 km long tough terrains to reach the main road.

Akhtar also expressed concern over the non- implementation of the SAUBHAGYA scheme, stating that till date only half of the hamlet has been covered under the said scheme, thus contradicting claim of the Prime Minister that every single hamlet has been electrified. He urged the government to address the issue on priority so that people aren’t made to face further problems on this front.

Akhtar also highlighted the issue pertaining to the lack mobile telephony services in the area. He said that as Gurez and Bandipora are already connected, it is the only place where there is no mobile connectivity. The PDP leader said that it will need just one mobile tower to bring the area on the communication map.

Further, Akhtar also visited several other areas where the recent hailstorm had wrecked havoc. He has urged the government to compensate the victims on priority at an earliest.

The former minister also expressed dismay over the dismal pace of work on main Bandipora road from Ajas to Sonarwani being executed under CRF. He said that keeping in view the snail’s pace of work, it doesn’t look like that it will be completed in December this year which is the target completion date of the road project.

He also questioned government’s non- serious approach as the work on Athwadu Sonarwani road project is yet to begin, adding peoples woes to a large extent.

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CB arrests man impersonating as official from CS’s office




Srinagar, June 17: The crime branch of Jammu on Monday arrested a man from Talab Tillo Jammu for impersonating as an official of Chief Secretary’s office. The fraudster according to the statement issued here, has duped several senior officers of various departments.

The person identified as Ashwani Bhardwaj, son of Shiv Kumar Bhardwaj, a resident of JMC 39, House No 223, Mohalla Jhullka, Darbar Garh Jammu, have ho duped and cheated numerous senior officers of various departments by fraudulent means.

The fraudulent activities of accused Ashwani Bhardwaj came to light after Director Tourism, Kashmir filed a complaint against a person who claimed to be an officer of a personal section of Chief Secretary’s office and asked him to direct the Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to contact on his mobile No 9797578686.


The fraudster was contacted by AAssistant Director Tourism Leh, and he asked Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to deposited Rs 10,000 in A/c No. 36341661376 of SBI on the plea that some of his relatives are presently stuck in Leh and are in severe need of money and have no source of means there.

Subsequently the Assistant Director of Tourism, Leh transferred an amount of Rs 10,000 in the given account. Later on, during the enquiry, it came to fore that there is no such official in the personal section of Chief Secretary etc.

On receipt of this complaint, Crime Branch begun an enquiry based on preliminary information and it was found that the said accused has duped several other senior officers of J&K by impersonation and fraudulent means and cheated them worth lakhs of rupees. Accordingly, a case FIR No 34/2019 U/s 170,420 RPC was registered in Crime Branch Jammu and the investigation was entrusted to SI Hilal Azhar of CBJ. The accused Ashwani Bhardwaj was arrested by a special team led by SI Hilal Azhar after hectic efforts under the supervision of SP Crime Mushtaq Choudhary. The accused is presently on police remand and involvement in other cases is being investigated.

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Mir condemns killing of police officer




Srinagar, Jun 17: Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president and former minister Ghulam Hassan Mir on Monday condemned the killing of a police officer who was injured during a militant attack in Anantnag district and succumbed to his injuries on Sunday evening.

Station House officer (SHO) of Saddar Police Station Anantnag, Arshid Khan had sustained injuries in a militant attack on Wednesday evening and was rushed to SKIMS Soura for treatment. The injured police officer was taken to AIIMS New Delhi for specialized treatment but he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday evening.

Mir expressed solidarity with the bereaved and prayed for their courage to bear the loss.


He also termed his killing as unfortunate and said “such killings won’t serve anyone’s cause.” How long the blood of Kashmiris will continue to flow in the Valley, he asked

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