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Amarnath Yatra 2024: Jammu ADGP reviews security strategies, briefs police officers

The J&K government has also appointed two senior officers as nodal officers for the smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra 2024. The officers shall closely monitor and liaise with all concerned agencies involved in the conduct of holy yatra.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: June 21, 2024 14:28 IST
Pilgrims near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath.
Image Source : PTI Pilgrims near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath.

Amarnath Yatra 2024: Police personnel deployed on Amarnath duty have been briefed to emphasize enhanced security strategies along with route, especially in areas that are vulnerable. The 52-day pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine in South Kashmir will begin on June 29 and conclude on August 19.

Reviewing the security preparations by the police personnel, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Anand Jain briefed the cops and stressed the importance of vigilance and coordination among the forces to preempt and counter any potential threats, an official spokesperson said.

He also discussed effective traffic regulation plans to manage the flow of pilgrims and vehicles, ensuring minimal disruption and maximum safety. The officials concerned were instructed to coordinate with the traffic department to maintain seamless transit routes.

Techniques for managing large crowds at base camps and along the route were also reviewed, with the ADGP underscoring the need to maintain discipline and order to prevent overcrowding and ensure the safety and comfort of the pilgrims, the official said.

Contingency plans for natural disasters or emergencies were also discussed, he added.

The police officers were briefed on rapid response protocols and the importance of timely coordination with disaster management teams, the spokesman said.

The ADGP emphasised collaboration with health departments to set up medical camps along the yatra route and ensure the availability of emergency medical services.

He assured that all necessary resources and support would be provided to the designated officers to facilitate a successful yatra, the official said.

Devotees use either the shorter north Kashmir Baltal base camp route or the traditional longer south Kashmir Pahalgam route to reach the Holy cave situated 3,888 metres above sea level in the Kashmir Himalayas.

With inputs from PTI

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