Srinagar, March 14: In order to safeguard the devotees and also to protect the dignity of the nation, a number of short and long-term measures are being taken by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. Notably, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has completed the work of fencing 19-kilometre of Yatra track for the safety of the pilgrims.
In the review meeting taken by the Governor, chief executive officer of the shrine board Ajeet Kumar Sahu informed that the work of fixing 8 feet high wire mesh fencing at the edges of all the tracks has been completed along the entire 19.2-km track length at an expenditure of 8.50 crore rupees. It took about 5 years to complete the work.
Sahu also informed that the main objective of fencing along the tracks was to ensure against any pilgrim accidentally falling down the hill slopes as well as to ensure against Yatris throwing waste materials down the hillside and causing pollution. He said waste paper bins have been installed at regular intervals all along the over 19-km tracks.
Sahu further informed that the 19.2 km wire mesh fencing work includes 2750 meters along Charan Paduka Marg, 4175 meters along Hathimatha Marg, 2000 meters along Panchhi Marg and Bhawan and 3600 meters along Bhairon Ghati Marg. The other wire mesh fencing work which has also been completed includes 5400 meters along Himkoti Marg, 205 meters along Exit Track at Bhawan, 270 meters along Approach to Sanjichhat Helipad and 800 meters along Bye Pass Pony Track at Adhkuwari.