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Secretary inspects Yatra arrangements on Kedarnath route

Wednesday, 22 MAY 2024 | PNS | DEHRADUN

The Health secretary and secretary in-charge (Yatra), R Rajesh Kumar has directed the officers for proper management of traffic and parking for the pilgrims heading to the Kedarnath shrine.

Kumar conducted an inspection of the facilities and arrangements in different areas of Rudraprayag district on Tuesday. He directed the officers that basic facilities should be provided to the pilgrims and added that chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami is consistently endeavouring that the pilgrims visiting the State should go home with pleasant experiences. 

He inspected the condition of the road from Sirohbagad to Sonprayag and directed that the mechanical excavators should be deployed in the slide zones so that traffic affected by landslides is normalised promptly. Kumar said that the district administration has made proper arrangements for parking but due to the surge in the number of pilgrims, traffic jams are occurring at many places. He said that when the parking at Sitapur and Sonprayag gets full the traffic should be halted before these places to prevent the condition of traffic jams.

 Kumar directed the designated officer, Food Safety, to ensure that the pilgrims do not face the problem of overrating. The shops, hotels, restaurants and eateries should compulsorily have rate lists. He told the officers of the 

Animal Husbandry department to prevent cruelty to the mules and ponies. The secretary said that special care for maintaining sanitation on the Yatra route should be done and toilets should be regularly cleaned.

Kumar directed the officers that the pilgrims should not face any problems in availability of clean drinking water. He asked the officers of UPCL to promptly repair faults in lines. Kumar directed the nodal officer (Helicopter)  to ensure that the pilgrims are spared from overrating and fraudsters. 

 Joint director of Health, Dr Amit Shukla, chief medical officer Dr HC Martolia, deputy commissioner of Food Safety R S Rawat, district tourism officer Rahul Chaubey and others accompanied the secretary.

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