In Jammu & Kashmir, all arrangements have been put in place for the smooth and peaceful conduct of annual Amarnath Yatra beginning on 2nd of July. Union Home Secretary L.C. Goyal during his two day visit to Jammu & Kashmir reviewed whole gamut of security arrangements. Home Secretary yesterday visited Panjtarni halting station on traditional Pahalgam-Amarnath route to take stock of arrangements for the 59-day annual Amarnath yatra.He was briefed about access control measures and baggage scanners installed at various points along the yatra route and other security measures taken for smooth and peaceful pilgrimage. During high level meeting attended by top brass of Army, Police, CID, Intelligence and Para- military forces, Home Secretary was briefed about the security situation in the state with special focus on Yatra besides other security related matters in Jammu & Kashmir.

Home Secretary L.C. Goyal also called on Governor N N Vohra, who is also chairman of Shri Amanathji Shrine Board (SASB) and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and discussed various security related issues and arrangements for smooth conduct of Yatra. This was Goyal’s 2 nd visit to Jammu & Kashmir. In his maiden three day visit from April 9 to 11 to the State after taking over as the Union Home Secretary, Goyal had also visited the International Border in the State.All fool proof security arrangements have been made for 59 day Amarnath Yatra beginning on 2nd July. The devotees pay obeisance at the 12, 756 feet high Holy Amaranath Cave shrine to have glimpse of Shiv Lingam. Special NDRF, SDRF and Mountain & Avalanche Rescue Teams are in place to meet any emergencies. Besides fully-equipped 40-bedded hospital established at the Baltal Base Camp, special arrangements have also been made for telecommunications and weather forecasting for the pilgrims during the yatra.

Sanitation has been incorporated as the most important component of the management of the yatra for environment protection. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is arriving in Srinagar tomorrow for two days visit to Jammu & Kashmir to review security arrangements for Amarnath Yatra and safety of pilgrims. He will also be part of the first batch of devotees to visit the Amarnath Shrine on 2nd July.