STATE TIMES NEWS
KATRA: A multi-disciplinary team of officers from Rudraprayag District Administration, associated with facilitation of pilgrims visiting Holy Shrine of Shri Kedarnath, met Simrandeep Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) here today.
The 8-member team of officers, which was on a 5-day study tour to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board to understand different aspects of management of the pilgrimage, held detailed interaction with Simrandeep Singh regarding various infrastructural facilities and management practices, which are being followed by the Board for facilitation of pilgrims, particularly those related to sanitation and equine management. Dr Jagdish Mehra, Dy Chief Executive Officer, was also present during the interaction.
During the visit, the team comprising, inter-alia, Dr S K Jha, Chief Medical Officer, Rudraprayag; Dr Ramesh Singh Nitwal, Chief Veterinary Officer; and Harish Chandra Sharma, District Disaster Management Officer; took stock of pilgrim-centric facilities from Katra to Bhawan, including helicopter services, pony, Palki and Pithoos, battery operated vehicles, facilities provided at Medical units, Passenger Ropeway between Bhawan and Bhairon Ghati, besides visiting Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital and Sports Complex established by Shrine Board and Equid Dung Management Centre at Natali. It is pertinent to mention here that Holy Shri Kedarnath pilgrimage in Uttarakhand bears close resemblance to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrimage in terms of challenges of terrain, transportation of pilgrims, material etc.