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JammuCS reviews ‘upgraded’ yatra arrangements at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine

CS reviews ‘upgraded’ yatra arrangements at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine


Tawi, Oct 22: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) has adopted new Paradigm by enhancing crowd management measures. This was observed in a meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta
The meeting was convened to deliberate on the implementation of the recommendations of the Committee constituted vide Government Order No.01-JK(GAD) of 2022 dated 01.01.2022. The Chief Secretary, assessed the implementation of each of the recommendation made by the Committee and expressed satisfaction at the progress achieved.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Anshul Garg, CEO of the Shrine Board, provided a comprehensive overview of the immediate, short-term and long-term measures undertaken to enhance the management of the pilgrimage from Katra to the holy cave stating that the Board has made concerted efforts for adoption of a number of emerging technologies and robust response mechanisms for introduction of state-of-the- facilities.
These include several administrative and the infrastructural measures like introduction of RFID based yatra card for effective and real-time monitoring of yatra by laying a network of more than 700 CCTV cameras in the Shrine area, curtailment of duration of Aarti both during morning and evening time, introduction of Beat System at various locations of Bhawan by deploying joint teams of stakeholders viz. Board's staff, JKP and CRPF. Besides, strengthening of Disaster Management Task Force of SMVDSB and fire safety measures.
He further added that, on similar lines Shrine Board has introduced various digital initiatives by installation of Self- Serve Kiosk machines, QR codes, EDC machines, UPI payments and also on-boarding to popular digital platforms for donations and sale of Prasad of the front-end, services of Helicopter, Battery Car bookings for the facilitation of the pilgrims and also improved administrative efficiencies through digital records and real time reporting fuelled by ERP modules, Next Gen Website and upgraded Call Centre for its various operations which is serving as an interface for the pilgrims.

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