District Development Council Chairman Jammu, Bharat Bhushan and Deputy Commissioner, Avny Lavasa today convened a meeting of officers of line departments to take stock of arrangements put in for annual Jhiri Mela commencing from November 07, 2022.
Threadbare discussions were held regarding preparations which ought to be put in place well before time. The DC asked the departments to install stalls to create awareness about the government schemes of their respective departments among the devotees visiting the fair and local people.
Emphasizing on maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in and around the vicinity during Jhiri Mela, the DC directed the concerned departments to promote social message on rural sanitation and also install blue and green dustbins to maintain cleanliness in and around the temple.
Other arrangements reviewed in the meeting mainly included sanitation, uninterrupted power supply, regular and safe drinking water, security arrangements, adequate stocks of ration and fire wood, provisions for accommodation of the devotees, deployment of fire tenders at the venue, setting up of stalls by different departments and conduct of cultural programmes during the fair.
The R&B department was asked to complete the blacktopping and up-gradation work of roads leading to Jhiri well before the commencing of the Mela. She asked the PHE Department to ensure uninterrupted water supply with provision for additional water tanks, hand pumps and sprinklers for cleaning of the venue.
The Deputy Commissioner also instructed the Power Department to ensure proper lighting arrangements in addition to uninterrupted power supply at the venue throughout the fair.The DC directed the traffic authorities to ensure proper management of traffic during the event and place proper sign boards for the convenience of the devotees.
She asked the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution authorities to keep a check on the rates and quality of food items being sold during the fair. The Health Department was directed to keep sufficient provision for medicare facilities and medical staff along with ambulances.
Deputy Commissioner stressed on synergy between different departments for ensuring adequate arrangements for the smooth conduct of Jhiri Mela. Senior officers of police and district administration along with PRI members were present in the meeting.