CCTV surveillance system being installed on Vaishno Devi track

Jammu (NVI): The track leading to Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir is being placed under CCTV surveillance system with an aim of improving the overall security of the holy area which has been on the target of terror groups.

Installation of CCTV Surveillance System is being undertaken on the entire track from Darshani Deodi to the Bhawan in Trikuta Hills of Jammu on turnkey basis, a meeting of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) held here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu was told today.

Once in place, this system will not only help in monitoring the movement of the pilgrims and strengthening overall security measures, it will also be of immense support in case of any emergent situations to provide real time assistance to Shrine and local administration, the meeting was told.

The Vaishno Devi Shrine, which is visited by lakhs of people every year, has been on the target of terrorists, who have made at least two failed attempts so far to carry out a strike there.

The Board also reviewed the status of the implementation of the Bhawan Master Plan which involves construction of the mega Durga Bhawan for accommodating nearly 4000 pilgrims at Bhawan area, Inlet Queue management system at Bhawan, Exit Track at Bhawan, and Queue Management system at Bhairon Ji.

The estimated cost of the implementation of the first phase of Bhawan Master Plan is likely to be Rs. 90 crore, according to an official statement.

The Board also reviewed the status of the underground cabling project, from Katra to Bhawan and the surrounding areas.

The meeting was apprised that the work has begun on the project from Tarakote Marg, and it will take 24 months for the work to be completed.

Estimated to cost Rs. 78 crore, the project will be partly funded under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) and partly by the Shrine Board.

The meeting reviewed the implementation of the Annual Green Plan of the Board for the current year and also approved the Annual Green Plan for the year 2020-21.

The Lt. Governor directed the CEO of the Shrine Board to ensure that all the projects be completed as per the envisaged timelines for largely facilitating the pilgrims.

The Board reviewed the Yatra statistics of the year and discussed various measures which may be taken to further increase the number of pilgrims visiting the Shrine.

While reviewing various pilgrim-centric infrastructural facilities put in place by the Board, the Chairman emphasised the need for ensuring that the yatris are provided increasingly best possible arrangements in sync with the emerging requirements. A brief appraisal of the University, Hospital, Nursing College, Gurukul and Sports Complex was also given in the meeting.

The Board also took several significant decisions towards employee welfare.