Besides performing its primary duty to offer security, the Central Reserve Police Force to introduce a “save environment” campaign during the religious journey to the 3880-meter high holy cave temple of Amarnath in South Kashmir.

The 46-days annual Amarnath yatra is set to start from July 1 in twin routes – Baltal Track in Ganderbal District, and the traditional Pahalgam Track in Anantnag District, which will end on August 15 with Raksha Bandhan Festival.

The CRPF is a part of multi-security grid consisting of local police, Army, and other security forces to ensure safe and incident free yatra.

The Jammu-based Public Relations Officer of the Paramilitary Force, Ashish Kumar Jha told source that “this year, CRPF is appealing pilgrims as well as the public in general to play their vital role in preserving the fragile environment especially along the yatra area.”

Mr. Jha continued that the CRPF had prepared banners and hoardings that they will display on prominent places along the yatra route, including Airport, Jammu Tawi Railway Station, Bus Stands, Langers, and various Base Camps ahead of the yatra begins.

He continued, “It is our duty to safeguard nature and we expect the pilgrims and locals to extend their cooperation and play their role in maintaining the cleanliness of the mountains, rivers and streams.”

Ashish Kumar Jha further said that the hoardings will be in Hindi and English to convey a powerpact message for the necessity to preserve the nature by avoiding polythene and plastic, use dustbins to dispose off waste, and use of environment-friendly materials.

Besides other security agencies, Mr. Jha said that CRPF is posted predominantly for the safe and smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra.

“CRPF, like other security agencies, will ensure the security of pilgrims, their camps and convoys and will also provide all possible assistance to the pilgrims in consonance of its public friendly image,” added Mr. Jha.

Meanwhile, Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma claims the administration is fully geared up for the holy yatra and has made required arrangements for the pilgrims like banking facilities, medical services, and food courts as well.

Beside the counter of the State Road Transport Corporation, police control room has been set-up. He informed that the first batch of yatris will be flagged-off on June 30 from the Niwas by Governor Advisor KK Sharma.

KK Sharma claims that efforts are underway to certify wide publicity to the yatris.

He continued that this year, mobile-bio-toilets are being set up enroute Jammu to Pir Ki Gali and Jammu to Banihal along Mughal Road.  

“Though, Mughal Road shall be used as an alternate route, there shall be ample langers all along the route as per past practice. Besides, buses for pilgrims shall be lined up separately for both Pahalgam and Baltal routes at Yatri Niwas to avoid any chaos while looking for the concerned route buses by the pilgrims,” added Mr. Sharma.

He continued that all the vehicles carrying yatris would also be tagged with tracking devices, adding that “this will be done to ensure the safety of passengers.”

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