No one died in the floods of July 28 last year – was not Travel Due in 2021 COVID-19 Epidemic. The flash flood triggered by heavy rains had triggered stone pelting and flood waters reportedly washed away some tents put up by security personnel in the area, but no one was hurt.
however, as Indian Express As per reports, this year tents for the pilgrims were set up on the flood channel, also known as the dry river bed. This was done to accommodate as many people as possible at once. It was also allowed to run anchor from the bed of this dry river.
“It was well known that the water channel there was prone to flooding, but even then the plan completely lacked any kind of thinking, especially regarding the season at this time of year. The main effort was to show the numbers. of,” said a state official familiar with the matter.
Sonam Lotus, director of the Jammu and Kashmir Meteorological Center, told The Indian Express that he cannot say how much rain fell in Amarnath on July 28 last year, as there was no yatra and, therefore, no measuring instruments installed in the area. it was done.
After last year’s floods, a statement from the Raj Bhavan said, “A joint team of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, police and army acted swiftly to evacuate all the staff present near the drain. There is no loss of human life or property reported… As per the latest report, the holy cave temple is safe. Hon’ble Home Minister Shri Amit Shah also spoke to the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinhawho briefed him about the present situation and the efforts made by the joint team of officers, police and army.”
This year, the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) built a two-feet high stone wall to channelize water into the stream to prevent water from flowing into the dry bed. But on the day of the flood, within seconds, the water from the stream had risen above the lower wall and was absorbed into the tents.
Sources familiar with the travel arrangements said that earlier in 2019 and earlier it was the practice of putting up tents far ahead of the flood channel of the stream.
An official source said last year’s flash floods and 2015 floods were discussed in all official meetings and it was decided to take precautionary measures like building embankments based on the expected water level. But suddenly the water flowing into the river last Friday was beyond all calculations, the source said.
The Amarnath Yatra, the biggest this year, was the first since 2019, when the pilgrimage was disrupted on August 5 over the government’s special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two union territories. Several Hindu organizations from across the country had mobilized pilgrims in large numbers for this year’s pilgrimage.
In April, Union Information and Broadcasting Secretary Apoorva Chandra said there would be around six-eight lakh pilgrims in the yatra. Official sources told The Indian Express that between June 30, when the yatra began, 1.13 lakh pilgrims had visited the shrine at the Amarnath cave till Friday.
It was also the first time that the government decided to track all pilgrims through radio frequency identification, a wireless tracking system consisting of tags and readers. Radio waves are used to transmit information/identity of objects or people to nearby readers – devices that can be held by hand or held in a stationary position such as poles or buildings. Each passenger is given a tag.
The measure was introduced in view of the potential security threat to the pilgrims of terrorists who have lately targeted members of the Pandit community and other Hindus in the Valley. After the disaster on Friday, many missing people presumably should have been traced via their RFID tags.
Rohit Singh Sambial, head of Jammu-based service provider G Max IT Services, said 1,82,110 pilgrims have been tagged so far. He said a total of seven readers, each with two antennas, were installed along the route.
Sambiyal said he has been providing the “last known places” of the victims to the security forces, administration and rescue teams. Asked why the missing people could not be traced through their tags, Sambial said these were “passive” RFID tags that only sent location within range of antennas.
An official familiar with the RFID system for Amarnath pilgrims said the number of readers provided was insufficient, and there was no clarity on the purpose of the entire project, and the issue was discussed in several meetings.
Another official source said the RFID tag had proved “very useful” on the day of the disaster, in tracking how many people had come to the area closest to the cave. But, the source said, at several places along the route, pilgrims were seen removing the tags while resting, and this could be one of the reasons why the missing people could not be tracked through the RFID signals.
Nitishwar Kumar, CEO, SASB and Principal Secretary to LG Sinha did not elicit any response to calls. He did not respond to the questions sent to him. Yatish Yadav, Media Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, said that he was not authorized to speak on the matter.
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