Naeem Akhter visits Nunwan base camp

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Reviews arrangements for Amarnath yatra, interacts with pilgrims

ANANTNAG: Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhter, Saturday evening visited the Nunwan Base Camp to take stock of arrangements made for the successful conduct of Amarnath yatra.

The Minister expressed his satisfaction at various facilities made available for the visiting yatries. He said that the state is known for its hospitality and the Amarnath Yatra is the shining example of the same. Terming Amarnath yatra as a symbol of ‘Kashmir’s composite culture,’ he said it would be incomplete without the active support of the local people. He said that both pilgrim and traditional tourism had proved a boon to the state’s economy.

The Minister appreciated the measures taken by officials for providing ensuring cleanliness and proper sanitation at the camp and along the route. The Minister asked the officials to discourage any use of polythene on the entire track and base camps and prevent effluents from toilets or ‘langars’ (community kitchens) from being dumped into the streams.

The Minister also interacted with yatries who had arrived at the base camp from different states of the country. The yatries expressed their gratitude at the facilities provided by the government.

The Minister was accompanied by officials of various departments who apprised the Minister of arrangements made by the administration for ensuring comfort and safety for the Yatries.

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