Katra, October 11
AS the winter vacations are set in, every day about 25 thousands devotees are reaching at Katra to pay obeisance before the Mata Vaishno Devi. Number of pilgrims visiting at Katra through buses, taxis or at their own vehicles, but the administration devised any effective plans to accommodate so many vehicles by which numberless devotees are coming in the holy town now a days.
No doubt, it is great apathy on the part of concerned administration-shrine board who often claims tall promises in providing smooth-hassle free yatra to their devotees, Now, when several devotees have to face inconvenience due to long traffic jams, unplanned parking, unauthorized standing of vehicles along the main Jammu-udhampur and Banganga roads in this peak season, where are those effective strategies-plans which are in dire need to be implemented these days! Is it not the duty of administration- shrine board, with the active cooperation of localities would have tried to reduce this menace in one or another way for the convenience of devotees.
Executing agencies however paid a deaf ear to the existing traffic problem as the administration has witnessed number of times as during the peak days, elaborate arrangements are needed, beefing up of police cops in town to regulate traffic besides stand by parking place should be ready to accommodate several vehicles, to be used as parking- yard in seasoned days, devotees might not felt trapped in the long queue of jams thereby presenting the poor working of the concerned complying departmental officers.