Big decision on Vaishno Devi Yatra, now only online booking

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Katra: A day after the stampede in Mata Vaishno Devi temple, the administration has tightened the arrangements with full deployment of security personnel. Along with this, many new announcements have been made to prevent any kind of overcrowding in the temple premises. Actually, now the board has decided that booking for the journey can be done online only. Along with this, let us also tell you that the process of visiting Mata Vaishno Devi temple is going on for the devotees.

A high-powered inquiry committee constituted by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha visited the spot and appealed to the general public to share videos, statements or any other evidence about the incident. He presided over the meeting of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board here last Sunday. During this, officials said that a meeting was held at Raj Bhavan here and senior officials including Shrine Board Chief Executive Officer Ramesh Kumar were present. At the same time, in a series of tweets after this meeting, the Lieutenant Governor said that ‘many decisions were taken to ensure the safety of the devotees. After important investigation, instructions were given to make systemic reforms, start building infrastructure, make 100% online booking if needed. Along with this, he further said, ‘Several steps were taken including proper use of technology, RFID tracking for effective management of crowds and queues, decongestion along the entire route.

Board members will oversee its implementation. Apart from this, he also announced an additional ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the devotees who lost their lives in the incident. During this, he said, “Besides giving Rs 10 lakh as ex-gratia, an additional amount of Rs 5 lakh will also be given to the families of devotees who lost their lives in this unfortunate tragic incident.” At the same time, according to officials, on Saturday. Over 27,000 pilgrims had visited the temple, while till 6 pm on Sunday, more than 15,000 pilgrims had visited. The Yatra is going on smoothly at present and the visitors have expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. Let us tell you that on the first day of the new year, 12 people lost their lives and 16 others were injured in a stampede between two groups of devotees.


Asad Malik

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