81.78 lakh pilgrims visited Vaishno Devi Shrine in 2017
Guv inspects facilities for pilgrims
TNN Bureau. Updated: 1/2/2018 12:15:17 AM

JAMMU: Arresting the continuous decline that it has witnessed ever since the touched the highest mark of almost 1.05 Lakh pilgrims in 2012, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine the year gone by registered a little over 81 lakh pilgrims who visited the holy cave shrine, an increase on around four and a half lakh over the previous year.
On the occasion of New Year, Governor N. N. Vohra, Chairman Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board on Monday visited the Holy Cave Shrine along with the First Lady, Usha Vohra and prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of the State.
The shrine board officials informed that during 2017, till 31st December night 81,78,318 pilgrims visited the Holy Cave Shrine, thereby registering an increase of about 4.54 lakh pilgrims over the number in 2016.
It may be recalled that Yatra which touched highest 1.04 Crore pilgrims in 2012, has seen 93.24 Lakh in 2013, 78.03 Lakh in 2014, 77.76 Lakh in 2015 and 77.23 Lakh in 2016.
Meanwhile, Governor who paid obeisance at the shrine, also took stock of the facilities for the pilgrims and inspected the to-date implementation of material and the passenger ropeway projects.
As per an official handout released this evening, Governor also discussed with the Chief Engineer, Madan Mohan Gupta, the drawings of Waiting Hall-cum-Ticketing Centre which are being constructed on the rooftop of the Manokamana Bhawan for the passengers of the upcoming Passenger Ropeway between Bhawan and Bhairon Ghati. Governor asked Dr. M.K. Kumar, Addl CEO to ensure the completion of both the Ropeway Projects within the fixed timeframe and, advised Anshul Garg, Addl. CEO (pilgrimage) to see that the pilgrims in the ongoing rush, do not face any difficulty whatsoever.
On his return journey, Governor along with the aforementioned officers inspected the ongoing work to install sheds to cover the Marg and gave directions regarding the time frame for full implementation of the entire project.
Governor also took stock of the work for the hill slope stabilisation along the Tarakote Marg.

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