Calamity at Cave shrine: Lt Guv chairs high level meeting, reviews rescue and relief operation
SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha chaired a high level meeting on Saturday to review the ongoing rescue and relief operation at Shri Amarnath ji holy cave.
The meeting attended by GoC 15 Corps, DGP, ACS Home, Special DG CID, ADGP Kashmir, AOC Air force, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and senior officials, observed two-minute silence to pay tribute to devotees who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident yesterday.
Lt Gen AS Aujla, GoC 15 Corps and Sh Dilbag Singh, DGP briefed the Lt Governor about the ongoing rescue efforts at the holy cave. GoC said all the agencies involved in the rescue and relief operation are working in excellent coordination and they are well equipped to clear the debris.
The Lt Governor said the effort should be made to clear the debris within shortest period of time. DGP while briefing the Lt Governor about the injured devotees said, majority of the injured have already been discharged and few others being treated at base hospital and Srinagar likely to be discharged within 24 hours.
The Lt Governor said, teams from Army, CAPFs, NDRF & SDRF are on the ground and doing commendable job.
“I request Yatris to stay put in camps. Administration is providing all facilities for their comfortable stay. We are trying our best to restore the Yatra at the earliest,” Lt Governor said.
He also directed the senior officials, Deputy Commissioners and Camp directors to ensure best possible facilities are provided to the pilgrims staying at camps.
Earlier, Lt Governor had visited SKIMS to enquire about the health of injured pilgrims and subsequently went to PCR Srinagar where he was briefed about the status of sending the mortal remains of deceased pilgrims to their respective hometowns.
R K Goyal, Additional Chief Secretary Home Department; RR Swain, Special DG CID; Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir; AOC Air force, besides Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor, Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and senior officials attended the meeting at Raj Bhawan.
Earlier in the day, the Lieutenant Governor visited SKIMS hospital in Srinagar to enquire about the health of pilgrims who were injured in yesterday’s unfortunate incident.
The Lt Governor met the doctors treating the injured and impressed for all possible treatment for their speedy recovery.
The Lt Governor went around the wards where injured were receiving treatment, and enquired about their well-being.
Prof. Parvaiz A. Koul, Director SKIMS briefed the Lt Governor on the health facilities being extended to the injured pilgrims for their treatment.
It was informed that seven pilgrims who were injured during the tragic cloudburst are under-going treatment at the Hospital and being monitored by senior health staff.
Later, the Lt Governor also visited PCR, Srinagar where he was briefed about the status of sending the mortal remains of deceased pilgrims to their respective hometowns.
Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor; Mohammad Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and other senior officers of Civil and Police Administration accompanied the Lt Governor.