ONGC-funded Yatri Niwas in Jammu: Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Lays Foundation Stone with J&K Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha
Inspired by the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Limited is funding the construction of National Disaster Mitigation Centre and Yatri Niwas in Sidhra, Jammu. Hon’ble Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas for Petroleum, and Housing and Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, and Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir Shri Manoj Sinha laid the centre’s foundation stone on 6 June 2023.
Minister Hardeep Puri and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha laying the foundation stone of ONGC-funded Yatra Niwas in Sidhra, Jammu
Every year, lakhs of tourists visit Srinagar and Amarnath. The large footfalls have been causing logistical challenge for a long time, especially for the needy tourists and pilgrims. This ONGC-funded Yatri Niwas will solve this logistical challenge to a large extent, by providing accommodation for 30,000 tourists in a year, thus staggering the movement of tourists and pilgrims.
The ONGC Disaster Management Centre will play a pivotal role in providing essential amenities such as lodging, sanitation, and safe drinking water. It will serve as a central hub for distributing vital information and delivering relief measures during emergencies. Additionally, it will contribute to traffic management and ensure a seamless tourist/pilgrimage experience, with a special focus on facilitating boarding and lodging facilities for needy tourists/pilgrims.
Lt Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Petroleum Minister, ONGC Chairman and Director (HR) with Amarnathji Shrine Board members
Moreover, the local population, including unskilled, semi-skilled, and skilled workers, artisans, craftsmen, daily wage laborers, street vendors, and weavers, will also experience the positive impact of increased footfalls resulting from these ONGC-created facilities.
The construction of the National Disaster Mitigation Center and Yatri Niwas will take place on a 1.84-acre (8378 square meter) plot, with an approximate built-up area of 1.875 acres (8500 square meters). ONGC, through its Corporate Infrastructure Group, will oversee the implementation of this project to ensure its timely and efficient completion, while also upholding its commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Model of ONGC-funded Yatri Niwas: this will also be used for Disaster management to be run by Amarnath Shrine Board and used by the tourists
As a part of its extensive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, ONGC has made a generous pledge of Rs. 51 crore to support this project. This substantial undertaking, funded by India’s Energy Maharatna ONGC, further demonstrates its unwavering commitment to serve the nation.
The event was attended by the Chairman and CEO of ONGC Shri Arun Kumar Singh, as well as other esteemed guests. The ceremony was also attended by senior officials from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and ONGC.Issued by:
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