The Biz Reporter
Srinagar, Nov 10 : In response to recent reports circulating in print and social media, the Border Roads Organization (BRO) has officially refuted claims that vehicular access to the Shri Amarnath Ji holy cave is imminent.
Contrary to the misinformation, the BRO clarified that the ongoing efforts are focused on the maintenance and upgrade of the Yatra track for pedestrians.
According to an official statement released by the BRO, the organization has been diligently working on widening the tracks leading to the Holy Cave, as mandated by the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. The court’s directives, issued in WP © 284 of 2012, emphasize the need for adequate track widening to facilitate pedestrian traffic, address congestion, and enhance safety measures such as safety railings and retaining walls, all while considering environmental concerns.
It said that since the assignment of the Yatra track maintenance and upgradation to the BRO by the UT Government in September 2022, significant progress has been made. The widening of tracks designated for Yatris on foot, those using palkis/dandies, and those on ponies has been a key focus area for the organization.
Post-handover, the BRO has undertaken tasks including widening tracks, improving gradients, and installing safety features such as railings and retaining walls in vulnerable stretches. This concerted effort has contributed to a notable improvement in the satisfaction levels of Yatris and enhanced the overall safety of the pilgrimage.
To address any incomplete work from the previous Yatra, the BRO has deployed both manpower and machinery to widen remaining narrow and vulnerable portions of the tracks. This initiative aims to ensure the comfort and convenience of Yatris traveling to the Holy Shrine on foot, palkies, dandies, and ponies.
In summary, the BRO is actively working to enhance the infrastructure of the Amarnath Ji Yatra tracks, prioritizing pedestrian safety and environmental considerations. The organization urges the public to rely on accurate information and dismisses any claims suggesting immediate vehicular access to the holy cave.