Jammu: The concerned authorities have started preparation for the Navratra festival, which will commence from October 7 and culminate on October 15.
“Inaugural function of the festival would be held at Asia Chowk Katra followed by Shobha Yatra and a grand event showcasing the culture and heritage of Jammu and Kashmir and India as a whole,” an official spokesperson told The Dispatch.
He informed that the Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer also reviewed the arrangements for smooth conduct of the festival.
In the meeting, the Assistant Director Tourism presented a detailed report on the programmes scheduled and the activities to be held during the festival and preparations being put in place for the same.
Threadbare discussions were held on each activity/ event while seeking suggestions from the stakeholders.
Div Com stressed on adhering to the covid protocols while holding the festival events. He also suggested excluding activities involving large gatherings.
Representatives of Hoteliers Association assured to extend full cooperation towards facilitating tourists and guests during the festival. They also assured to maintain cleanliness besides following covid related guidelines while serving the guests.
While reviewing arrangements for congregational programmes like Prabhat Pheris, Mata ki Kahani recitation, Devotional Song Competition, Dangal and other cultural items the Div Com instructed that the committee headed by DC Reasi shall inspect the venues for taking final decision.
The Div Com directed the concerned officers to put in place all necessary arrangements and work in a well coordinated manner to make preparations well in advance. He stressed on proper regulation of traffic, fool proof security, maintenance of roads, streets, beautification of shops/ market, sanitation of Katra town etc.