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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Improved palanquins for Vaishno Devi pilgrims soon

The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) will soon introduce an improved palanquin with superior design for the infirm, physically challenged and aged Vaishno Devi pilgrims.
The new palanquin will have less weight and help the palkiwallahs easily carry pilgrims while trekking uphill to the shrine.
The Shrine Board said the improved palanquin was being developed with the technical assistance of the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT Mumbai, under the overall supervision of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister.
At a recent meeting of the Shrine Board, Governor NN Vohra, who is also the chairman of the Board, reviewed the progress of the project.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Shrine Board Ajit Kumar Sahu informed the meeting that the prototype of the palanquin had already been developed by the IDC, Mumbai, and the trial and testing was in progress.
The Governor has asked the CEO to get the new design early cleared.
Many pilgrims who are overweight or not fit to walk long distances take the services of ponies and palanquins to the cave shrine.
Apart from this, the Shrine Board with the assistance of the district police will soon take necessary action to ensure verification of all persons living or working in any establishment along the track. A photo identity card will be provided to each person to ensure foolproof security of the shrine.

Meanwhile, the Governor has expressed dissatisfaction over the lack of progress in the acquisition of land for the new helipad at Katra. He asked the Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, to complete the land acquisition process for construction of the new helipad at the identified alternate site. The Governor has also directed the CEO to review the problems of the persons rehabilitated in Sira Colony near Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University.

Source : Tribune News Service , 26th Dec 2015 

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