DC Sgr visits Dargah Hazratbal; finalises arrangements for Meraj-un-Nabi (SAW)

Greets people on auspicious occasion of upcoming Shab-e-Meraj

Srinagar, Feb 15 : In connection with observance of upcoming Meraj-un-Nabi(SAW), the Deputy Commissioner(DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad Wednesday undertook a visit to Hazratbal Dargah in order to take onsite review of the arrangements being made by all line Departments for smooth conduct of the auspicious religious occasion.

The Deputy Commissioner was accompanied by Chief Planning Officer, Superintending Engineer R&B, SP Traffic, RTO, Kashmir, Joint Commissioner SMC, Deputy Director Fire & Emergency, Dy Superintendent of Police, Executive Engineer PHE, District Health Officer, Tehsildar North and senior Officers of SRTC, PDD, Horticulture and other line Departments, besides Executive Magistrate of J&K Wakf Board and senior members of Hazratbal Shrine Management.

While chairing a meeting in the premises of the Hazratbal Shrine, the DC on the occasion sought a detailed action plan from concerned Departments regarding the arrangements being put in place during auspicious days of Meraj-un-Nabi (SAW) related to electricity, water supply, cleanliness, fire service, transport, parking and medical facilities etc.

The DC directed the Officers of all line Departments to ensure special arrangements for smooth observance of the pious day of at the Shrine for the Devotees particularly during the intervening night (Shab) 26-27th Rajab 1444 Hijri, which falls on intervening night of 18-19 February 2023 and on Friday Following that falls on February 24, 2023.

With regard to adequate supply of water The DC asked the PHE authorities to ensure adequate water supply at the Shrine so that devotees do not face any inconvenience. He instructed them to keep a sufficient number of water tankers at the premises to cater to the demand.

The DC was apprised that 50000 Gallon OH tank is already in place at the Shrine, besides 220 water posts are installed to suffice the requirements of the devotees while additional 30 temporary water posts are being installed at the shrine.

Similarly, the PDD Officers were asked to ensure uninterrupted power supply at the Shrine during the auspicious days of night prayers as well as on the day of display of Holy Relic and keep proper power backup to tackle any power breakdown.

In this regard the DC was informed that in addition 400 KVA Genset and 20 KVA UPS has been kept as backup to provide power supply during any failure so that devotees do not face any difficulty.

The DC also directed the SMC officials to deploy sufficient men and machinery at the venue to ensure proper cleanliness in and around the Shrine. They were also asked to take measures for establishment of mobile toilets besides a concrete mechanism to contain stray dog menace in and around the Shrine.

The DC also laid stress on making all dysfunctional Street/Mass lights functional well before the commencement of the Holy religious occasion.

The Health authorities were asked to set up a Medical camp with adequate number of Doctors and Paramedics, besides an ambulance service and other first aid facilities in the premises of Hazratbal Shrine as per past practice to provide medical facilities at the Shrine.

With regard to Traffic and Parking facilities, the DC asked the Traffic Police authorities for ensuring hassle-free traffic movement of the devotees from different parts of Srinagar and other Districts of Kashmir, besides making adequate facilities at the designated place for parking of the vehicles.

The RTO was asked to make better transport arrangements for the devotees during the auspicious days of Meraj-un-Nabi(SAW) and make availability of e-Rickshaws from parking slots to Shrine for old age and physically challenged people.

Earlier, the DC was apprised by the Executive Magistrate, J&K Wakf Board about the arrangements being made by the Wakf Board for smooth observance of the Holy religious occasion during which thousands of people are expected to visit to take a glimpse of the Holy Relic and offer special prayers.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar has extended his greetings to the People on the auspicious occasion of the Meraj-un-Nabi (SAW). The DC also prayed for prosperity and holistic wellbeing of the people.


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