Entire SMVD track to be under CCTV Surveillance

TNN Bureau. Updated: 3/16/2019 11:25:04 AM Top Stories

JAMMU: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) has decided to roll back its decision for setting up medical college at Katra even as it approved installation of CCTV surveillance system on the entire track from Darshani Deodi to Bhawan.

“In view of the new AIIMS and five new medical Colleges coming up in the State, the board decided in its 64th meeting to reverse its earlier decision of setting up a Medical College,” a spokesman of the Raj Bhavan said after the 64th meeting of the SMVDSB.

He said the meeting, chaired by Governor Satya Pal Malik, took several important decisions to extend better facilities to the pilgrims visiting the famous shrine, located in Trikuta hills near Katra town.

He informed that meeting also took stock of the construction of the SMVD Nursing College Complex coming up at Kakryal, SMVD Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, SMVD Gurukul, Charan Paduka, Katra and Shrine Board’s Sports Complex.

“The board members also decided to set up a day care Centre of NH Hospital by hiring accommodation in order to provide facilities like Dialysis, ECHO, TMT and OPD in Jammu city,” he said.

Aiming to strengthen security arrangements and monitoring the movement of pilgrims, the board approved installation of CCTV surveillance system on the entire track leading to the famous cave shrine in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Once in place, this system would not only help in monitoring the movement of the pilgrims and strengthening overall security measures, it would also be of immense support in case of any emergent situations to provide realtime assistance to shrine and local administration,” he said.

The board also had a review of status of the installation of underground cabling work from Katra to Bhawan and the surrounding areas which already stands allotted to a contractor by the Power Development Department on the basis of tendering.

"The meeting was apprised that this project involves an estimated cost of over Rs 78 crore, which will be partly funded under the Prime Minister's Development Package and partly by the shrine board. This high utility project will have SCADA compliance-based monitoring system of the electric network," he said.

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