AP Chief Minister asks officials to ensure safe return of pilgrims
The AP government has been making efforts to bring back the pilgrims stranded in Jammu and Kashmir safely to their respective districts in the State. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who is busy on his tour in Russia, directed the officials on Monday to give priority for safe return of pilgrims stranded in J&K.
Vijayawada: The AP government has been making efforts to bring back the pilgrims stranded in Jammu and Kashmir safely to their respective districts in the State. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who is busy on his tour in Russia, directed the officials on Monday to give priority for safe return of pilgrims stranded in J&K.
As per the directions of the Chief Minister, the CMO officials are in touch with officials of Jammu and Kashmir and making arrangements for the safe return of pilgrims. Around 400 to 500 pilgrims from the State stranded in Srinagar, Pahalgaon and Bhavital areas are being provided with food and other basic facilities.
- State officials in regular touch with their counterparts in J&K
- Around 500 pilgrims stranded in Srinagar, Pahalgaon and Bhavitala
- They are being provided with food and other facilities
The State government officials are planning to shift them to Jammu by Tuesday afternoon after getting security clearance. On the other hand, the Prime Minister’s office too gave strict advisory to the officials not to allow pilgrims to travel without adequate security clearance.
J&K Principal Secretary Chaudary said that J&K administration firmly extends support to pilgrims to reach their destinations safely. At Pahalgaon, around 100 Telugu pilgrims were stranded. According to CRPF commandant Rajkumar, food was supplied to them.
He was hopeful of restoring the movement of pilgrims towards Jammu by Monday night. He said all the stranded pilgrims were safe and the local authorities were taking care of them. Regarding 500 pilgrims stranded at Srinagar, he said all pilgrims were safe and they may be forced to stay for some more time due to the prevailing situation in the valley. The CRPF officials have visited Jahangir Chowk and Pari chowk where Telugu people were stranded.
The AP Bhavan officials are in continuous touch with pilgrims and district administration. CM’s joint secretary AV Rajamouli and CRPF commandant of Pahalgaon Sh Rajkumar confirmed that the pilgrims had crossed Jawahar tunnel between Srinagar and Jammu in 79 buses on Monday morning and they would reach the destinations safely. The pilgrims stranded at Srinagar also started moving towards Jammu to catch trains to go to their respective destinations in AP.