Review of Security Arrangements and Disaster Readiness by DG CRPF for the Amarnath Yatra
DG CRPF Assesses Security Measures and Disaster Preparedness for Upcoming Amarnath Yatra
In preparation for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, the Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), S.L. Thaosen, conducted a thorough review of the security arrangements at the Baltal base camp and various halting stations along the pilgrimage route leading to the sacred cave shrine.
Expressing the importance of collective commitment and seamless coordination, Thaosen highlighted the significance of a successful and safe event. The annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine, situated at an elevation of 3,880 meters in the South Kashmir Himalayas, is scheduled to commence on July 1 and conclude on August 31.
During his visit, the DG CRPF inspected the camps at Baltal, Domail, Sarbal, and Neelgrath, focusing on both operational and administrative preparedness of the CRPF personnel assigned for the 2023 Amarnath Yatra. The primary objective was to evaluate the arrangements for the pilgrimage while ensuring the safety and security of the devoted pilgrims who embark on this sacred journey.
With a zero-error policy in mind, thorough scrutiny was applied to all aspects of security planning to mitigate potential risks and provide a seamless, secure, and pleasant experience for the pilgrims. Additionally, the DG CRPF also assessed the disaster management preparedness of the force, emphasizing the need for timely response and effective contingency measures in the event of any unforeseen mishaps or natural calamities, such as the unfortunate cloud burst that occurred last year.
The disaster management drills were thoroughly reviewed to ensure the CRPF’s preparedness in dealing with any emergencies. It is crucial to learn from the past incident, which resulted in the loss of 13 lives and significant damage to tents and community kitchens due to the flash floods triggered by a cloudburst near the Amarnath shrine on July 8, 2022.
The DG CRPF’s visit and assessment reaffirm the commitment of the security forces to ensure a safe and smooth Amarnath Yatra for all the pilgrims. The comprehensive review of security arrangements and disaster preparedness reflects their dedication to providing a secure environment and prompt response to any potential challenges during the pilgrimage.
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