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Shiv Khori Mela gets underway

The Tribune 2018-02-14 03:16:27

Union Minister Jitendra Singh inaugurates the Shiv Khori Mela at Ransoo in Reasi. Tribune Photo

Union Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh inaugurated the Shiv Khori Mela at Ransoo here today. The traditional festival is being organised jointly by the Tourism Department, Shiv Khori Shrine Board and District Administration, Reasi. While felicitating local people and devotees on the occasion, the minister said all out efforts were being made to ensure development in J&K. He also enlisted some mega developmental projects sanctioned and completed in Reasi, Kathua, Udhampur and Doda areas. He also announced Rs 1.20 crore from MP fund for development in the Ransoo area which includes Rs 60 lakh for constructing a toilet complex in convergence mode, Rs 40 lakh for a Yatri Niwas and Rs 20 lakh for tube wells. Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, Prasanna Ramaswamy G in his welcome address said the district administration had made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the mela as well as for the comfortable stay of pilgrims at Ransoo. At the inaugural function, a ‘shobha yatra’, popularly known as ‘Shiv Baraat’, was also taken out from Hotel New Tridev to Darshani Deodi where the chief guest inaugurated the main event and also inspected stalls established by various departments for highlighting welfare schemes.

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