5, Secretary of Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Apurva Chand said Monday.
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He said that Amarnath Yatra would be one of the biggest yatras in the history of J&K this year, as around 6-8 lakh pilgrims are expected to arrive on the pilgrimage.
“Today, I met the administration officials, including Divisional Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners. We were told that it would be a historic pilgrimage this year, and all the necessary arrangements have been put in place,” Chand said.
He said that the weather challenge was natural and out of the hands of officials so far. “But as far as security arrangement is concerned, that has already improved a lot as seen by the number of tourists visiting the Valley. Hotels, houseboats and lodges are booked in advance, which signifies a good security atmosphere,” Chand said. He said that LG J&K Manoj Sinha has recently stated that in just a few months, 80 lakh tourists visited UT, which is a record number. “This itself hints that the atmosphere is peaceful,” he said.
He said that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had urged the J&K administration to prepare a short documentary on Amarnath Yatra and also the beautiful places of Kashmir. “We will widely circulate that documentary across the country and outside,” he said