SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 24: The Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today chaired a meeting to review arrangements for Mehraj ul Alam and Maha Shivratri festivals to facilitate devotees to observe religious festivals.
On the occasion, Div Com directed concerned officers of PWD & MED to clear snow from the roads leading to Hazratbal, Jinab Sahab Soura, Khanqah Moula, Shankar Acharya, and other shrines and temples. He also directed concerned officers to prepare exigency plan to clear roads in case of Snowfall on festival days.
The Officers of KPDCL were directed to ensure availability of electricity on the auspicious occasions at sacred religious places besides keep the back up electricity available on the spot.
The Div Com directed PHE officers to maintain the water supply to the places where devotees throng on Mehraj Alam and Maha Shivratri. He also directed concerned to keep the drinking water tankers available at Hazratbal where a large number of devotees assemble for prayer.
Similarly, SMC was directed to conduct sanitation drive and curb dog menace to avoid any inconvenience to the people.
Besides, SRTC officers were asked to keep buses available to ferry devotees to Hazratbal and Shankar Acharya.
Further, the meeting discussed the parking facility for devotees who throng to Hazratbal at Kashmir University and NIT Srinagar.
Moreover, Div Com directed Health officers to keep medical and paramedics staff available at sites for the welfare of devotees and also conduct covid tests on the occasion.
He emphasized on all the concerned to ensure CAB is followed in letter and spirit.
Also, Div Com directed all Deputy Commissioners to make arrangements at prominent religious places where huge congressional prayers are held and also make arrangements at the temples in districts where Maha Shivratri is observed like Kheer Bhawani, Mattan etc.
He also directed the Metrology Department to conduct market checking and take strict action against profiteers for overcharging.
Div Com directed concerned to ensure availability of flowers, fish and nadru for Maha Shivratri in markets and near temples.
Meanwhile, the Div Com also reviewed security and traffic arrangements for these festivals with police and traffic officers.