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Char Dham Yatra: Harish Rawat asks officials to stock enough ration

Char Dham Yatra: Harish Rawat asks officials to stock enough ration

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked officials to supply 4-month ration in advance to places close to Himalayan shrines to meet any eventuality during the Yatra season beginning May two with the opening of Yamunotri and Gangotri Dhams.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked officials to supply 4-month ration in advance to places close to Himalayan shrines to meet any eventuality during the Yatra season beginning May two with the opening of Yamunotri and Gangotri Dhams.

Rawat, who reviewed preparations for the Char Dham yatra late on Saturday night, asked officials to stash enough stock of ration, LPGs, kerosene and diesel at suitable places along the route to address any exigencies, officials said in Dehradun on Monday.

Four-month ration should be supplied in advance to places close to Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri to help people deal with any crisis, the Chief Minister said.

Warning against any laxity in efforts, he said efficient and experienced personnel of revenue, police and Food and Civil supplies departments should be deployed on the yatra route to ensure that pilgrims do not face any problems.

Senior officials stationed in Dehradun have been asked to stay in constant touch with their subordinates in the field and keep visiting important locations on the yatra route to see if everything was in place.

Rawat also instructed the irrigation department to soon prepare a roadmap for raising a protection wall in Kedarnath and comence work on it.

He also asked the department to constitute a separate division for working at Kedarnath.

Equipment should be sent to sensitive slide-prone areas in advance so that roads blocked due to lanslides could be reopened soon, Rawat said.

Police posts should be established at Kedarnath where the number of personnel to be deployed should be doubled, he said.

They should also be provided with satellitre phones and other equipment needed for the smooth conduct of the yatra, the Chief Minister said.

The Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines are slated to be opened to devotees on May 2 followed by Kedarnath on May 4 and Badrinath on May 5.

first published:April 22, 2014, 00:22 IST