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Guv issues directions to Vyas
`No unfit SRTC bus to be deployed for long distance duty’
Announces ex-gratia; lauds work of Banihal NGO
SRINAGAR, Jul 16: Governor N N Vohra Sunday directed Chief Secretary B B Vyas to immediately ensure that no SRTC bus is deployed on long distance duty, particularly across the Banihal, which has not been thoroughly checked and certified fit for operation by a responsible ranking SRTC officer.

Governor issued these directions following his visit to the site of the tragic accident at Banihal in Ramban district, where he was informed that the accident had taken place because a tyre of the bus had burst and the vehicle had gone out of control.

Governor was accompanied by Chief Secretary B B Vyas, DGP and CEO Shrine Board.

Governor N N Vohra also visited the injured pilgrims in emergency hospital Banihal and took stock of arrangements for airlifting of injured persons.

Earlier upon learning about the unfortunate accident in Nachilana area of Banihal in Ramban district of a Pahalgam bound bus, Governor, who is also Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, immediately flew to Banihal along with B.B. Vyas, Chief Secretary; S.P. Vaid, DGP; and Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer of the Board, to monitor the rescue operations being carried out by the district Administration Ramban with the help of Indian Air Force.

As per the Governor’s earlier directions to the Chief Secretary, the seriously injured pilgrims were got evacuated to Jammu through IAF Helicopters. Governor saw the critically injured yatris who were airlifted in a M17 helicopter after he arrived at Banihal. He met the doctors and enquired about the medical treatment given to the Yatris before they were airlifted in his presence.

Governor also visited the Banihal sub-district hospital where, after discussion with the Chief Secretary and the attending doctors, he directed that the bodies of the 16 dead pilgrims be transported to Jammu from where after embalming and other formalities the dead bodies would be sent by the civil airlines to the home towns of the dead.

Governor drove to the site of the accident where this unfortunate accident took place. Appreciating the prompt relief provided by a local NGO, “Youth Against Evils, Banihal”, who rescued the injured pilgrims, in co-ordination with the district administration, Governor sanctioned an amount of Rs 5 lakh for this NGO, for strengthening their humanitarian endeavours.

Vohra expressed his deep grief over this unfortunate incident and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families of those killed in the incident.

On behalf of the Shrine Board he announced relief of Rs 3 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the incident and Rs1 lakh each to those who had suffered injuries.

News Updated at : Monday, July 17, 2017
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