Government conveys to SASB about the use of land during Amarnath

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Srinagar, Sep 25 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir government finally issued a letter informing Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that it can utilise 800 kanals of land for yatra purpose at Baltal and Domail besides making overall arrangement for the two-month long annual pilgrimage.

A press release issued by the government this evening said as per the agreement reached between the four-member panels, each onstituted by the Governor and the Shri Amarnathji Yatra Sangarash Samiti (SAYSS).

According to an official spokesman, in a communication addressed to the CEO of SASB, the State Government has informed the Shrine Board of the specific arrangements for use of the 800 kanals of land at Baltal-Domail, traditionally under use for annual Yatra purposes, in pursuance of the aforesaid agreement between the State Government and the SAYSS.

The spokesman added that, as per the communication, issued to the CEO of the Shrine Board, the proprietary status/ownership/title of the land shall not undergo any change; the Board shall use the aforesaid land only for the duration of the Yatra (including the period of making the required arrangements and winding up of the same) for the purpose of use by each of the various service providers according to its needs and priorities, as determined by the Board.

Further, the use of the land shall be only for raising temporary pre-fabricated accommodation and toilet facilities by the Board; establishment of tented accommodation by private camping agencies and setting up of shops by shopkeepers (locals, permanent residents of the State); facilities for Ponywallahs and Pithuwallahs; provision of healthcare and medical facilities; setting up of free Langars by private persons and groups which are licensed by the Board and facilities for helicopter operations/ parking of vehicles and security arrangements.

The spokesman said that the Board shall continue to remain responsible for the overall arrangements of the Yatra on both the routes during the Yatra period, including all arrangements as mandated under the provisions of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Act, 2000.

UNI BAS ARB ND1850

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