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Only Pahalgam route to Amarnath has sanctity

Some may take the recent comment by Amarnath shrine custodian, Mahant Deependra Giri as part of his tussle with the official shrine board – SASB. However it does merit some thought. Is really getting to Amarnath, by whatever means, the end? Or going through the hardship of climbing up to get to Him also part of the bigger game? Most of the Hindu shrines are only reachable after going through trecherous mountain climbs. Perhaps the idea always has been that go through the difficulty, go through the hardship and the risk, before you can get to the God, and do any kind of penance, etc.
Even going on a horse or a pony up to the cave from Pahalgam gives a sense of not doing enough for the Yatra. You see hordes of families, old, children and women, all going on the foot, and can’t help but feel guilty riding a pony. Considering this, one should/would feel very unsatisfied if one was to take a copter ride and land at 500 feet from the gufa. Or for that matter take Baltal route which some much shorter and quicker. After all the end is not paying your obeisance only; its going through the arduous yatra to do that. Is saying that one should avail of the technology also holds true in the matters of emotion and faith?
Anyhow, here is the news coverage:

Sringar: The Amarnath pilgrimage, scheduled to begin from June 18, is mired in yet another controversy.

The shrine custodian, Mahant Deependra Giri, has asserted that using the man-made Baltal route for the pilgrimage — which is significantly more convenient than the original one — goes against the Hindu scriptures. According to Giri, ancient scriptures hold the trek through Pahalgam as the only authentic route for the pilgrimage. He argues that the yatra will have no sanctity if there is no penance.

“There is no mention of Baltal in the scriptures, which means Pahalgam is the only authentic route for the pilgrimage. This is as per Hingish Sahita — the only authentic scripture which explains Amarnath pilgrimage at length and bears description of how to conduct this yatra. As far as Baltal goes, the route was thrown open by the Army,” Giri says.

At an imposing altitude of 3,888 metres, the Amarnath cave is 44.8 km from Pahalgam base camp. However, worshippers frequently use the 13-km Baltal-cave route and avail facilities like chopper services. Some say, commercialisation has ruined the true idea behind the pilgrimage.

“Every pilgrimage and every shrine has become a centre for earning money. The same holds true for Amarnath yatra, “ Hindu scholar T N Ganju laments.

Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) officials, however, say that reaching the cave is of utmost importance, and the route has no bearing on the pilgrimage.

“Suppose we have helicopters and ropeway up there, you think people will not go there? If there is modern technology, people will avail it,” defends SASB CEO Arun Kumar.

Pahalgam Phone Networks

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), J and K Circle operates its service in Pahalgam, and surrounding areas. During the times of Amarnath Yatra, telecom centres with STD/ISD facilities are operational at Chandanwari, Sheshnag, Panjtarni, holy cave of Amarnath and Baltal.
The BSNL Control Rooms at Pahalgam can be reached at (01936) 3298. The PCOs are Panjtarni, Sheshnag and holy cave of Amarnath shrine work on INMARSAT (satellite based telephone).
Airtel (private mobile operator )Services are also opertational at Pahalgam and Chandanwari.

Dialing India from Abroad

To dial the telephone and fax numbers shown from outside India, dial your international access code (check with your telecoms provider if you do not know what to dial), then 91, then the rest of the number except the 0 shown in brackets.
Area code of Pahalgam is 01936. So if you were dialling from the US, you will dial 011-91-1936-243366 (where 243366 is a local Pahalgam number).
Latest Pahalgam Telephone Directory – 2006

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STD CODE 01936

PAHALGAM

LOCAL CODE 951936

 

FINANCE

Treasury Officer 243245

FIRE SERVICES

Fire Station 24 3222

FISHRIES

Fishries Officer 24 3246

FOREST

Range Officer 24 3350

 

PUBLIC WORKS DEPTT

XEN 243026

AE 243256

REVENUE

Tehsildar 243229

TOURISM

Project Officer 24 3049

tourist Officer 24 3224

Pahalgam Club 243285

HORTICULTURE

Sr Scientist Maiz Research Centre 243302

HOSPITALITY AND PROTOCOL

Guest House 24 3335

LOCAL BODIES

Administrator NAC 24 3263

POLICE

SSP Anantnag At Pahalgam 24 3367

PoliceStation 24 3228

B Singh Pahalgam 24 3264

BabaGhulam Mohd Pahalgam 243360

B Singh Pahalgam 243215

BakshiGhulam Ahmad Laripora 243311

Baba Mohd Afzal Pahalgam 24 3080

Bakshi Parvez Ahmad Loripora 24 3212

Bazaz Bashir Ahmad Pahalgam       24 3286

Bazaz Ghulam Rasool Pahalgam       24 3347

Bazaz Mohd Ashraf Pahalgam       24 3211

Beigh Maqsood Hussain Main Market       24 3063

Bhat Abdul Gani Pahalgam       24 3064

Bhat Abdul Gani Pahalgam Lodge       24 3348

BhatAbdulKhaliq MainChowk       24 3056

Bhat Abdul Majid Ganeshbal       24 3320

Bhat Abdul Rahim Ganishbal       24 3387

BhatAbdul Rashld Pahalgam       24 3279

Bhat Abdul Salam Pahalgam       24 3053

Bhat AJi Mohd Ganshibal       24 3201

BhatAji Mohd Pahalgam       24 3059

Bhat Arte EmporiumjPahalgarn       24 3351

Bhat Bashir Ahmad Laripora       24 3069

Bhat Bilal Ahmad Pahalgam       24 3028

BhatfayazAhmadiPahal|am       24 3271

Bhat Ghulam Hassan Loripora       24 3343

m Mohi Ud Din Loripora       24 3342

n Nabi Ganshibal       24 3216

BhatMohdlqbaJ Pahalpm       24 3217

Bhat Mohd jamaJ Loripora       24 3236

BhatMushteqAhmad Pahalgam       24 3054

Bhat Rafiq Ahmad Pahalpam       24 3060

Bhat RiyazAhmad Main Bazar       24 3088

BhatTariqAhmad Pahalgam       24 3341

BurzaDr MasoodAhmad ChoperHuts       24 3304

Burza Javid Bashir Mountview Hotel       24 3321

Burza MushtaqAhmad Mamal       24 3210

Burza Mushtaq Ahmad Pahalgam       243219

Dagga Readymade Dress Pahalgam       24 3214

DarAbdulMajidjNearLaJKothi       24 3218

Dar Abdul Rashid Pahalgam       24 3241

DarKhazirMohd Pahalgam       24 3082

DeenFarhat Abbas Pahalgam       24 3289

DurfabSngh Main Bazar       24 3346

Ganai Ghulam Nabi Pahalgam       24 3251

Gana Mofid 5hafl Pahai|pm       24 3231

MohdYasin NearRegal Hotel       24 3065

a Purnibal v       1 24 3344

MohdYousuf Pahalgam       24 3272

Goodlude Hotd ahalpm       24 3282

GutttHduMr plttllty ProtQcol Pahalga     m 24 5335

Gu]n Dr ri ra       24 3384

Hajam Mehraj Ud DlniPahalgam       24 3392

Hajam Mohd Ramzan Pahalgam       24 3296

Haji Abdul AziZ New Plaza       243106

Haji Abdul MajidRaina Loripora       24 3255

Hakeem Ghulam Hassan Laripora       24 3072

Hakeem Mohd Ashraf Main Market       24 3078

Heewan Hotel Mamal       243303

Ice Rock Hotel Pahalgam       24 3280

Imtiyaz Bashir Loripora       24 3363

lshratjeelani Pahalgam       24 3337

J&KBank Pahalgam      24 3248

J&KSrtcMgr PahaJgam       24 3269

Jagjeet Sing PahaJgam      24 3242

Jan Asif Laripora      24 3306

joo Nissar AII Pahalram       24 3382

Khalsa HoteJ Pahalpm       24 3227

Khan PikJarAhm d Pahalpm       24 3276

Khan MohdYaqoeb Pahalgam       24 3277

iohdYaqoob PahaJgam       24 3244

lobdYaqoob Pahalgam       24 3233

Khan Mohd Yousuf PahaJgam       24 3275

Khan MuMffar Ahmad Pahalgam       24 3281

Khan NazirAhmad Circuit House       24 3310

Khan Rouf Ul RahmanjPahalgam       24 3361

KhanZahodrAhmad Pahalgarn       24 3278

Khanday Ghulam Hassan Main Bazar       24 3086

Khanday Ghulam Hassan Pahalgam       24 3328

Khanday Mohd Ashraf Pahalgam       24 3291

Kumar Abdul Ahad Laripora       24 3386

Laway Abdul Rahman Pahalgam       24 3284

Lolu Mohd Latief Pahalgam       24 3087

LoneAli Mohd Chandanwari Road       24 3061

Lone Ghulam Hassan Loripora       24 3339 24 3226

Lone Ghulam Mohd Pahalgam       243254

Lone Ghulam Rasool Paha!gam       24 3290

Lone Mohd Hafeez KP Road       24 3058

Lone Mohd Yousuf Pahalgam       243359

Lone Mohd Yousuf Pahalgam       24 3076

Lone Nissar Ahmad Paha!gam       24 3052

LoneShabir Ahmad Purneema Hotel      1 24 3077

Magray Farooq Ahmad Ganshibal       24 3209

Magray Ghulam Qadir PahaJgam v       243357

Magray Ghulam Rasool Ganishbal !       24 3377

Magray MohdJabbanGaneshbal       243107

Malik Ghulam Hassan Laripora       24 3075

Malik Ghulam Mohd Laripora       243240

      24 3091

Malik Mohd Afzal Paha!gam       24 3309

Malik Rahim Alam Laripora       24 3204

Mansion Hotel Pahalgam i       24 3356

Mian Sarvat Nayeem Laripora       24 3307

Mir Abdul RazakjMadlan       24 3345

Mir Abdul Salam Loripora fJ       24 3358

      24 3253

Mir Ghulam Hassan Pahalgam       24 3027

Mir Mohd Rafiq Volga Lodge       24 3292

Mir Mohd Ramzan Pahalgam       24 3050

Mir ShahzadaAkhtar Laripora       24 3370

MirzaNassirAli Aksa Lodge       24 3349

Mount View Hotel Pahalgam       24 3221

Nadaf Mohd Shaft Pahalgam       24 3205

Naik Mohd Jsmail Main Road       24 3203

Naik Mohd Ramzan Grand View Hotel       24 3273

Naik Zubair Ahmad Pahalgam       24 3329

      24 3074

Naqash Mohd lqbal Pahalgam       24 3123

Narchoor Nissar Ahmad Pahalgam       24 3247

Narrtnder Singh Pahalgarrv       243267

       24 3225

      24 3301

      24 3084

      24 3293

      243252

Paharwan Asif Iqbal Pahalgam       24 3366

Pala BasWrAhmad Pahalgam       243230

Pandit Abdul Aziz Aru Road       24 3325

ParraBHalAhmad Pahafgam       243093

Parray Mukhtar Ahmad Pahalgam       24 3266

Parray Nayeem Nissar Pahalgam       24 3066

Paul Abid Hussain Laripora       24 3334

Peer Abdul Khaliq Rather Laripora       24 3073

Peer Manzoor Ahmad Hotel Excelent       24 3313

Plaza Hotel Pahalgam       24 3250

Plaza Hotel Pahalgam       243239

Qadri Sajad Hussain Pahalgam       24 3071

RafiUdDin HotelManison       24 3354

Raina Abdul Aziz Laripora       24 3067

Raina Ali Mohd Laripora S       24 3369

Raina Ghulam Nabi Loripora       24 3262

Raj Mehal Hotel Pahalgam       24 3261

Rather Mushtaq Ahmad Gunsibal       24 3068

      243206

Reshi RiyazAhmad PahaJgam       4 24 3340

      24 3250

Royaf Telecom Pahalgam       243083

Sajad Hussain Hotel Pine View       24 3102

Sasan Budha Singh PahaJgam       24 3234

Shabnam KausanPahalgam       24 3315

Shah Ali Mohd Pahalgam       24 3097

Shah Bashir Ahmad Near Petrol Pump       24 3324

Shahjavid Iqbal Loripora       v 24 3265

      24 3338

      24 3079

Shahji Hafeez Bus Stand       24 3385

Shahji Hafeez Pahalgam       24 3085

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Pahalgam       24 3330

      24 3208

Sheikh Ghulam Mohi Ud Din      

Chandanwari Road       24 3055

Sheikh Ghulam Mohi Ud Din       24 3333     

      24 3365     

Sheikh Manzoor Ahmad Pahalgam       24 3352     

Sheikh MohdlamaJ Pahalgarh       24 3070     

     24 3237 24 3202      

      24 3274     

Sr MgrJ&KTdcPanalgam       24 3306     

State Bank Of India MgrPahalgam       24 3297f     

Syed Iqba! KashanrPahalgam       24 308      

Teli Gul Mohd Pahalgam ? ~      24 3220 1 24 3321     

Tlckoo Mohan Lal Paha!gam       24 3294     

TuryAli Mohd Pahalgam       24 320|§     

Vij Rohit Main Bazar Pahalgam ~ i       24 3366     

Wagay Abdul Rahman Pahalgam       I 24 320H     

Wali Mehraj Ud Din Behts Lodge      24 3241 I     

Wani Abdul Rashid Pahalgam       24 32 H 24 32j||     

Wani Ghulam Mohd Bus Stand       24 321 1 24 333|| r 24 30 24 3M 24 30 !     

Wani Irshad Ahmad Wanijavid All mad Pahalgam      2430 1 24 33711     

Wani Manzoor Ahmad Pahalgam       24 30111     

Wani Manzoor AhmadjPahalgam       24 30 fl     

Wani Mohd Amin Pahalgam       24 305 1 J     

Wood Stock Hotel Pahalgam      24 33ij 24 33iSl 24 32$ I     

7an x Muzaffar AbmadjMamal       24 3l f     

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Bhat Mushteq Ahmad Pahatgam      24 331 24 31

BhatTariq Ahmad Shanrisip6ra      24 31 24 3J|

Syed Mobd ismail KashanijPahalgam TuryAli Mohd Pahalgarn      24 3 24 m 24 m 24 3| 24 31 24{a 24 JJg

Wagay Ghufam Qadir Pahalgam 24 jfl CENTRAL GOVT BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LTD     

BORDER SECURITY FORCE DIG L J U      24 9i 24ffl

Gomdt 58 Bn       249

Gomdt 11 Bn f       24 ill

tENTRAL RESERVE POLICE FORcfl Comdtl i Bn 248     

DEFENCE METROLOGICAL CENTRE Dir Pahalgarn      2im 24W )A id

STATE GOVT ELECTRICITY XEN Mini Hyde! Project       hMI

 

 

 

 

Here is the telephone directory for Anantnag district which has important Pahalgam numbers as well:

                                     Telephone Directory (STD Code:01932)

         <Dy. Commissioner’s Office> <Tehsildars> <Engineering Sector> <Local Bodies

         <Rural Development> <Social Services> <Accounts & Treasuries>   <Education>

      <Forest> <Medical> <Tourism/Hotels> <Courts/Judiciary> <Information/Journalists>

                 <Fire Services> <Police> <Security Forces> <Army> <MP/MLAs>

DC/DM/DDC Office, Anantnag

S.No    

Name with    Designation.

Office

Residence

1

Sh. Shailendra Kumar, I.A.S

Deputy Commissioner Ang

 222337

Fax-223164

222335

222498

2

Sh. Sheikh Gh. Rasool

Addl. Dy. Commissioner -I

222873

2436128

3

Sh. Lateef Ahmad Deva

Addl. Dy. Commissioner – II  

Chief Executive Officer, PDA

224991 (Ang)

951936-243049

(Pahalgam)

222450 (Ang)

2310734 (Sgr)

4

Asstt. Commissioner (R )

 

 

5

Sh. M. Ismail

Chief Planning Officer

223042

226176

6

Sh. Jan Mubarik Ahmad

Distt. Informatics Officer (NIC)

223539

225378

 

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SDM/Tehsildars

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

1

Sh. Afroz Ahmad Beigh SDM Kulgam

260388

224359

2

Sh. Gh. Mohd. Bohru
Tehsildar (T), Kulgam

260382

 

3

Sh. Assadullah Wani

Tehsildar (T), Anantnag

223468

 

4

Sh. G.M.Ashti

Tehsildar Dooru

 230223

 

5

Sh. Gh. Hassan Dar

Tehsildar (T), Bijbehara

234381  

 

6

Sh.  Altaf Ahmad Khan,

Tehsildar (T), Pahalgam

925-243229

224423

7

Sh. Mushtaq Ahmad Beigh

Tehsildar (AR), Qazigund

 

 223309

8 Sh. Ab. Rehman,

Tehsildar (AR), Kokernag

   

 9

 Sh. Khurshed Ahmad Dar,
Tehsildar (AR), Sallar

 

 

10 Sh. Ab. Rashid Rather,

Tehsildat (S), Kulgam

260382  

 11

 Sh. B.A.Khan,

Head Quarter Asstt., DC Office Anantnag.

 

 

       
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Engineering Sector

S.No Name with Designation Office Residence

1

Sh. A.R.Bulbul
Supdtg.Engineer (R&B) Ang.

223140

 223140 (R-Ang)

………….(R-Sgr)

2

Mr. Nazim  S.E.  Hydraulic Ang.

224503

2466187 (Srinagar)

3

S.E.Electric Bijbehara

234397

2438444 (Srinagar)

4

XEN Electric Div Anantnag

222228

 

5

Manzoor Ahmad Salroo

XEN, UEED Anantnag

234037

 

6

Ab. Rashid Wani

AEE Dooru Electric Sub. Div.

223039

 

7

Aejaz Noor Ahmad

AE & Tech. Officer with XEN Electric Ang

 

2310306

8

Mohd Khalil Ahanger

AE Achabal Sub-Div (Electric)

237157

 

9

Mushtaq Ahmad Shah

AE Ang. Sub Div. (Electric)

223755

 

10

Wasim Sajad

JE Town,Mattan, Anchidora

 

223551

11

Sh. M.M.Sharief

XEN Electric Bijbehara

234398

2422677

12

Sheikh Mohd. Hussain

XEN R&B Div. Khanabal

222221

223500  

222221

13

XEN Electric, Kulgam

 

 

14

XEN R&B Div. Qazigund

235363

 

15

Sh. Bashir Ahmad Thoker

XEN R&B Div. Vailoo

 

2434940

16

Sh. Bashir Ahmad Bhat

XEN R&B Div.  Kulgam

 

237332

223190

17

Peerzada Affaq Ahmad

AEE R&B Kulgam

 

2402756 (Srinagar)
225408 (PP Ang)

18

Raj Mohd. Khan

AEE R&B Kulgam

 

237078 (Ang)

19  
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Syed Altaf Ahmad

JE R&B Kulgam

 

222162  (Ang)

20

Ab. Rashid Wani

AAO R&B Kulgam

 

260106 (Kulgam)

21

Sh. M.A.Fazli

XEN PHE Qazigund

 

2425756 (Sgr)

22

Sh. G.M.Wani

XEN PHE  Bijbehara

234230

222683

23

Sh.F.A.Shah 
XEN Irrigation Anantnag

223273

 

24

Sh. G.R.Shah

XEN Irrigation Kulgam

234267

2422670

25

Sh. G.R.Sheikh

XEN Flood Control Ang.

 

224121

26

Sh. Manzoor Ahmad Reshi

XEN Mech. Awantipora

 

2467071

27

Sh. Fida Hussain Dar

AEE (South) UEED

2457617

2433191

28

XEN UEED Srinagar

2474844

 

29

SE UEED Srinagar

2479444 /2474844

2431953/2430343

30

Sh. Ishtiyaq Ahmad Malik

AEE R&B Sub-Div., Anantnag

 

2433182  (Sgr)

31

Akhtar Hussain

AEE R&B Sub.Div.,SEER

  243026

222810 (Ang.)

32

Mohd. Iqbal Mir

Bijbehara R&B Sub. Division

 

2428302 (Sgr.)

33

Farooq Ahmad Mantoo

AE R&B Sub Div., Anantnag

 

 

34

Muzaffar Hussain

AE R&B Sub Div., Seer

 

 

35

Shabir Ahmad Vaid

Tech. Officer to SE,Anantnag

 

2437531

36  
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Mohd. Aslam Baba

AE R&B Sub Div., Vailoo

 

 

37

Muzaffar Ahmad Dada

AE R&B Sub Div., Qazigund

 

 

38

Sh. Sheikh. Gh. Rasool

AEE R&B Qazigund (Dooru)

 

2459821 (Sgr)

39

Nazir Ahmad Tak AEE R&B

Sub. Div., Qazigund.

 

2435564

(Sgr)

40

Mohd. Yousf Mir AEE R&B Sub Div Vailo (Achabal)

 

2425037

41 Gh. Nabi Dhobi JE

R&B Div. Anantnag

  222079

41

ELECTRIC MAINTENANANCE (SARNAL)

222228/222820

 

42

WANPOH GRID STATION

222496

 

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TOWN AREA/LOCAL BODIES

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

01

Administrator Town Area Ang

224991

224991

02

XEN Local Bodies

2455094

 

03

XEN Pahalgam Dev. Authority.

243049

222191

04

XEN Local Bodies Srinagar

2455094

2432453

05

NAC Pahalgam

243263

 

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RURAL DEVELOPMENT

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

01

Director Rural Development Kashmir

2310471

2311639/2432508

2310471 (Sgr.) 
2464146 (Jammu)

02

Sh. Jaipal Singh

Asstt. Commissioner (Dev) Ang

223593

222942

03

Mohd. Amin Distt Panchayat Officer Anantnag

223593

951933-250270

04

Sh. A.H. Kantroo

Project Officer, DRDA Ang.

224491

951933-250219

05

Farooq Ahmad

XEN Rural Engg. Wing Anantnag

 

 

06

Mohd. Ashraf Dejo,BDO Achabal

241221

 

07

Mohd. Yousf Ganie

BDO Breng Kokernag

 

37112

08

Manzoor Ahmad Sofi

BDO Dachnipora

 

 

09

Gh. Nabi Bhat, BDO DH Pora

 

 

10

BDO Kovripora, Mattan

 

 

11

Bashir Ahmad, BDO Kulgam

 

 

12

Ab. Hamid Wani, BDO Qaimoh

 

224822

13

G.M.Gulzar, BDO Qazigund

 

225800

14

Mohd. Saleem, BDO Shahabad

 

223979

15

Sh. G.Q.Zargar,BDO Shangus

 

 

16

G.M.Gulzar, BDO Devsar

 

 

17

M.Jahangir Khanday, BDO Pahloo

 

 

18  
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BDO Head Quarter

 

 

19

Hakeem Ab. Majeed ,AE Qazigund

 

2451714

20

Reyaz-ul Haq,AEE Kulgam/Qaimoh

 

2462620

21

Nazir Ahmad Parrey,

AE Achabal/Shahabad

 

2475183

22

Showkat Ali Khan, AE Shangus

 

 

23

Farooq Ahmad Ganai, AE Kohripora

 

230347

24

Reyaz Ahmad Dhobi,

AE Dachnipora

 

 

25

Alyas Soharwardi,AE DH Pora

 

 

26

Bashir Ahmad Bhat,AE Breng

 

 

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SOCIAL SERVICES

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

01

Sh. Masoodul Hassan

Distt. Social Welfare  Officer

 

2400137

02

Gh. Mohd. Masood

Programme Officer ICDS Ang.

223078

 

03

M.Y.Akhoon,

 Deputy Director Employment Ang.

22220

490590

04

Sh. Mohd. Amin Bhat

General Manager D.I.C.Ang.

222504

2432760

05

Hafizullah Parray

Chief Horticulture Officer Ang.

223041

223541

06

Ali Mohd.Mir,

 Joint  Director Sericulture Ang.

222301

490089

07

M.S.Zaboo,

 Chief Agriculture Officer Ang.

223201

951933- 250015

08

Dr. A.M.Reshi

Chief Animal Husb. Officer Anantnag.

223054

951933-
250031

09

Dr. B.A. Hakeem Distt. Sheep Husb. Officer Ang.

222542

2434167

10

Sh. M.H.Chisti

AD Handicrafts Ang.

 

2402091

11

Ab.N.H.Wani

AD Handloom Ang.

223636

  225122

12

G.N.Gazi

AD Fishries Anantnag.

222541

2462179

13

M.S.Khateeb

Dy.  Registrar  Coop. Ang.

222513

222709

14

Assistant Labour Comm. Ang.

222571

15

A.D. Food & Supplies

222951

225237

16

Ab.Aziz. 

Assistant Controller W&M Anantnag.

261137

17

Ab. Rashid Wazir

Area Marketting Officer, Batengoo Ang.

222120

 

18

Director CENSUS Operations,

Srinagar

2479472,2477022

 

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ACCOUNTS/TREASURY AND BANKS

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

01

Distt. Treasury Officer Ang.

222992

 

02

Distt. Fund Officer Ang.

 

 

03

Treasury Pahalgam

243245

 

04

Tehsil Treasury Officer,Kulgam(AO)

 

 

05

Treasury Officer (AAO)

DH Pora

 

 

06

The. Treasury Officer/AO Bijbehara

 

 

07

Tehsil Treasury Officer/AO Dooru

 

 

08

Treasury Officer/AO Qazigund

 

 

09

Treasury Officer/AAO Shangus

 

 

10

Treasury Officer/AAO Kokernag

 

 

11

Distt. Manager JK Bank Ang.

222440

2438976

12

Lead Bank Officer Anantnag

 

 

13

Manager SBI (Main) Ang

222380

 

14

Manager SBI (ADB) Ang

222213

 

15

Manager PNB Ang.

222407

 

16

Manager PNB Kulgam

260228

 

17

General Manager/ Distt. Manager Cooperative Bank Ang.

222240

223475 (FAX)

 

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EDUCATION

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

01

Sh. Chirag-Din,

Chief Education Officer, Ang.

223525

  2473605

(Sgr) 

02

Sh. Khurshid Ahmad Reshi

Distt. Educational Planning Officer

223525

222163,225037

02

 Distt. Youth Services & Sports Officer Ang.

223472

234075

03

Principal Govt. Degree

College, (Boys), Anantnag

222308

 

04

Principal Degree College (Women), Anantnag

 

 

05

IGNOU Study Centre, Anantnag

223591

 

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FOREST

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

01

Mr. Ab. Salam Bhat

DFO Anantnag.

223292

224360

Yaripora

 02

Mir Mushtaq Hussain

DFO  Social Forestry Ang.

224228

224200

03

Sh. Kirmani

DFO Lidder Bijbehara.

234284

2425496

04

Conservator Forests, South Circle, Bijbehara.

234384

 

05

G.H.Bhat. Distt.officer Soil Conservation Ang.

234014

2435612

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MEDICAL

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

 01

Dr. Mir Mohd. Yousf ,   

CMO Anantnag

222255

222534,235369

02

Dr. Gh. Rasool Padder

Medical Supdt. Anantnag

222170

222889

223993

03

Dr.Masood Ahmad ADMO Anantnag

04

Dy. CMO Anantnag

222255

2432879

05

Distt. Health Officer

222255

224140

06

Distt. Immunization Officer

222255

223623

07

Civil Hospital Pahalgam Ang

243232

 

08

DTO Anantnag

225875

224094

09

 BMO Achabal

241325

 

10

BMO Bijbehara

234063

 

11

Medical Supdt. Dooru

230014

223206

12

BMO Kulgam

260112

260312

13

BMO Mattan

237262

237260

14

BMO Qazigund

235098

2222122

15

BMO Qaimoh

 

224562

16

BMO Shangus

 

 

17

BMO Sallar

 

222679

18

BMO Verinag

230349

224562

19

BMO Yaripoar

 

2432879

20

BMO DH Pora Pora

 

 

21

BMO Larnoo

 

223595

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TOURISM/HOTELS

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

01

Sh. Rouf Ahmad Shah

JKTDC Manager (Pahalgam Club)

243285, 243308

243308

02

Tourist Officer, Pahalgam

243229

 

03

Hotel Plaza, Khanabal

 

 

04

Hotel Standard, Anantnag

222556

 

05

Hotel Four Bhai

 

 

06

Hotel Maraz

224693

 

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JUDICIARY/COURTS

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

01

Mrs. Gousia Nisa,  Principal  Distt. & Session Judge Anantnag

222327

222340

02

C. J. M. Anantnag

223058

 

03

Sub Judge Bijbehara

234010

 

04

Sub Judge Kulgam

260240

 

05

Munsif Kulgam

 

223176

06

Sub Judge Vailoo

 

2433547

07

Munsif DH Pora

 

241227

08

Munsif Shangus

 

224526

09

Munsif Dooru

230241

 

10

Munsif Anantnag

 

224202

11

Mobile Magistrate Anantnag

 

224541

12

Munsif Aishmuqam

241223

 

13

Mr. Khateeb,

President Bar Association Ang.

 

 

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INFORMATION, JOURNALISTS AND BSNL

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

01

Sh. Gulzar Ahmad Dar
Distt. Information Officer Ang.

222326

 

02

Mr. Maqbool Veeri

Journalist (SHAIRBEEN)

 

223896

03

Rao Farman Ali

(On the TRACK)

225172

234468

04

Mr. Qayoom Malik

Journalist (ALSAFA)

 

224671

05

Mr. Bilal Khan

Journalist

 

224579

06

Ab. Salaam Malik

Journalist (GREATER Kashmir)

 

234600

07

S.D.O. Phones

222387

222387

08

Div. Engineer BSNL Anantnag

222985

222444

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FIRE SERVICES

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

01

Dy. Director  Fire Services Anantnag

222443

 

02

Fire Station Anantnag

222822,222101

 

03

Fire Station Bijbehara

234222,234101

 

04

Fire Station Qazigund

235222

 

05

Fire Station Kulgam

260222

 

06

Fire Station Achabal

241222

 

07

Fire Station Dooru

230222

 

08

Fire Station Pahalgam

243222

 

09

Fire Post Aishmuqam

241222

 

10

Fire Post Shangus

 

 

11

Fire Post Kokernag

 

 

12

Fire Post Yaripora

 

 

13

Fire Post Salar

 

 

14

Fire Post Seer Hamdan

 

 

15

Fire Post D.H.Pora

 

 

16

Fire Station D.K.Marg

 

 

17

Fire Station Kawarigam

 

 

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POLICE/SECURITY FORCES

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

01

DIG SK Anantnag

222661/301 222136

222467/ 401 222136

02

SSP Anantnag

222836/304

222271 (fax)

222411/ 404
222271

03

C.O. IRP

222298/305

222298/405

04

S.P. Operations Anantnag

223959

222856 /406

05

Dy. CO IRP

307

307

06

DY. SP HQRS.

222869/308

222869/408

07

DY. SP T/C

222432/309

 

08

DY. SP DAR ANG.

310

410

09

DY. SP HQ. Telecom.

2475641/411

311

10

DY. SP CID ANG

222684/312

312

11

DY. SP AUX.

313

413

12

SO TO DIG ANG.

314

13

DY. SP 5TH BN.

315

315

14

DY. SP IRP

316

316

15

DY.SP OPS.

222924/329

317

16

CO IRP 3rd.

222298/305

224869/405

17  
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Police Control Room Anantnag

222870/100

100/300 PNT

18

Police Exchange Anantnag

222432/90/103

 

19

GOS MESS

320

 

20

DRO Anantnag

222432/321

421

21

Dy. SP HGs

 

225200/413

21

MTO Anantnag

322

322

22

MHC DPL ANG.

323

323

23

SIG. CENTRE

324

424

24

MAIN GATE

326

 

25

PA TO SSP Anantnag

304

428

26

JIC Anantnag

222924/329

 

27

CPO Anantnag

331

 

28

PP BUS STAND

332

 

29

INSPR. SOG

329

430

30

SP Kulgam

260253

260202

31

SDPO Kulgam

260303

 

32

SHO Kulgam

260221

 

33

Wireless Kulgam

914260160

 

34

Wireless  Awantipora

926247276

 

35

Wireless Pulwama

926241210

 

36

SHO Anantnag

222866/327

222866/327

37

PP Sherbagh

333

 

38

SHO Achabal

220221

 

39

SDPO Bijbehara

234276

234276

40

SHO Bijbehara

234221/234100

234221

41

SHO Dooru

230221

 

42

P/S Mattan

237221/237100

237221

43

SHO Pahalgam

243228

243228

44

SHO Qazigund

914235221

 

45

PCR Pahalgam

23344

 

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ARMY

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

 01

BRIG. ARMY

223547/302

223547/302

 02

GOC Victor Force HQ Awantipora

247277

 

 03

Army Exchange Ist. Sector RR

223473

 

 04

Comdr. Ist Sector RR

223547

 

 05

G-2 Ops. Ist. Sector RR

223988/318

318

 06

GO & RR Khundroo

241224

 

 07

CO 36 RR Larkipora

223509,223591

 

 08

CO 3 RR High Ground

223440

 

 09

DC IB Anantnag

224900

 

 10

MI HQ Ist. Sector RR

223522

 

 11

Comdr. 2 Sector RR

238309

 

 12

Army Excg. 2 Sector RR

235308

 

 13

CO 9 RR

235300

 

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BSF/ITBP/CRPF

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

 01

DIG BSF HQ Anantnag

222019

 

 02

BSF Exchange Khanabal

222019

 

 03

DC Ops. BSF SHQ

222143

 

 04

DIG ITBP Bijbehara

234045

 

 05

ITBP Exchange Bijbehara

234003

 

 06

CO 9th BN ITBP Bijbehara

234001

 

 07

CO 10th BN ITBP Verinag

230204

 

 08

DIG CRPF OPs.  Awantipora

247059

247056

 09

CO 9th BN CRPF

224237,224189

 

 10

CO 11th BN CRPF

223146

 

 11

CO 98 BN CRPF

223342

 

 12

CO IRP III BN

222289

 

 13

CRPF Control Room Kulgam

951931-260207

 

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MP/MLAs/MLCs

S.No

Name with Designation

Office

Residence

01

Sh. Mufti Mohd. Syed,

Hon’ble Chief Minister J&K  

2482099 (Srinagar)

2452228 (Srinagar)

2452224 (FX)

2438580

2431027 (Sgr)

2545888(Jmu)

02

Sh. Ali Mohd Naik

Hon’ble MP Anantnag

560016 (Jammu) 3782639 (Delhi)

03

Sh. Ab. Aziz Zargar, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture & Cooperative/ MLA Noorabad

2544926 (Jammu)

2571417 (Jammu)

2479005 (Srinagar)

2549690 (Jmu)

04

Sh. Mohd. Yousf Tarigami

MLA Kulgam/State Secretary CPM

2430611  (Srinagar)

2430079   (Jammu)

05

Sh. Ab.Gafar Sofi MLA HS Bugh & MOS Health

2482318 (Srinagar)

2579951 (Jammu)

224207 (Ang)
222514 (Ang)

2584449 (Jmu)

06

Sh. Mohd. Sartaj Madni

MLA Devsar

 

231364

07

Sh. Dr. Mehboob Beigh

MLA Anantnag

225850 (Ang.)
2452336 (Sgr.)

2433610

(Jammu)

08

Sh. Ab. Rehman Veeri

MLA Bijbehara & MOS Works

2479433 (Sgr.)

2549674(Jmu)

223849 (Ang)

2546458 (Jmu)

09

Smt. Mehbooba Mufti

MLA Pahalgam & PDP President

2545888 (Jammu)

2431027 (Srinagar)

10

Sh. Peer Mohd. Hussain

MLA Shangus

2434221 (Srinagar)

2434422 (Jammu)

11

Sh. Gh. Amad Mir MLA Dooru 

& MOS Tourism

2479478 (Sgr.)

2549664 (Jmu)

225007 (Ang)

2476471(Sgr)

2554968(J mu)

12

Sh. Peerzada Mohd. Syed,

MLA Kokernag & Minister for Rural Development

2549681(Jmu)

2455216 (Sgr)

2433329 (Sgr) 

2475647 (Sgr)
2549693 (Jmu)

13

Sh. Ch. Nizam-u-Din MLC

223581

 

14

Sh. Ab. Rashid Dar  MLC & Chairman  Legislative Assembly.

222202 /2542031 (Jammu-Office)

2544750(Jammu-residence)

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Travelogue – road travel from Punjab to Pahalgam

Travelogue – travel to Kashmir (Copyright Pahalgam.com)

Check out the drive in Pictures All thumbnails | Flash Slideshow
Date: June 10, 2006 -> We started in a car from Jalandhar – which is about 5 hours of road or rail travel away from New Delhi and is one of the promiment, prosperous and big cities of the state of Punjab. Delhi to Jalandhar is a smooth journey – as is Jalandhar to Pathankot – which is a two lane highway. Left Jalandhar at 810 am. Drive mostly though Hoshiarpur district of Punjab. Cross Himachal pradesh twice between Mukerian and Pathankot. Gas prices are very high in Punjab, so just makes sense in buying gas anywhere, but not in Punjab. Cross river Beas at this point. It was dismaying to find that the entire big river was all but dried up. four laning of Jalandhar Pathankot highway is about to begin – we did see some boards laid out to that efect, but no work has started yet. A few kms again in Kangra. Got petrol fillled up which was Rs2 cheaper than Punjab. Cross Jai Ma Durge temple with a tall Shiv idol outside. 114 KM before jammu just outside pathankot 4km. Army training range outside. There is an airstrip in Pathankot ? the airport is about 4 km from city as per the directions. Most likely this airport is not for civilian use. Jammu is 105 from the other end of Pathankot. Time is 1020 am. And Srinagar exactly 400 km. In the early years, trains used to terminate at Pathankot, so this city had its own prominence. As of now, its just one major and last Punjab town that you pass through. There is no bypass to Pathankot, and directions within the city confusing at best. Sujanpur just outside has many petrol pumps. And some vaishno dhabas. So a place where one could stop by for a cup of tea.
Madhopur is the border on the Punjab side – Lakhanpur on J&K side. The excise toll post at lakhanpur is a pain. Can easily take anywhere between 5 to 20 minutes with just one lane open for cars (though there are 5 lanes). Just beyond is the famous market for ‘laddoo’ chaat – balls of dal or lentil flour. Stopped and savoured them. Left at 1130. The toll charge was Rs125 – which also included toll for Quazigund – for later on arrival in Kashmir valley. Entered kathua. 83 km short of jammu. Crossed other dry river bed, with a temple constructed on the side. The road just before kathua is low. And in rainy months one can expect to drive through channels of water on the crests on the road. One shiv temple under construction. And qanother temple 36 km febore kathua; this whole stretch has scores of temples of worship in all. Area is dryland with stone queries and brick kilns. Including gurudwaras and sai baba mandir 17 km from kathua (163 km from Jalandhar). Bein bridge under construction 13 km before Samba. Area has many excavations.
At 1235 crossed over to Dhar road which can save at least one hour by bypassing Jammu and connecting directly to Udhampur. The route is shorter by 30-35 KM, and one can avoid a lot of Jammu bound NH1A traffic. But there is a price to pay in terms of broken stretches of road. There are good chances that you would not be allowed on this road if you are amarnath yatra bound yatris.  So don’t really have to say that if stopped and asked. Expect minimal roadside vehicle repair points. Would avoid most of heavy large vehicular traffic. 10 km before mansar lake is a small landslide spot. Very muddy hills, not good in rainy or windy days. 3 km from mansar. Road gets better after mansar. Could see Rail bridges 14 km before Udhampur. As we gained some height, Pine trees start and weather tends to get a milder durin summers. Some 228 km before Srinagar, the Dhar road joins NH1A. Time 2:05 pm. crossed chenani at 240, while gaining height quickly.
Kud is famous for its pure ghee ‘patisa’. Its totally a given that you need to stop and puy a few kilograms of ‘patisa’! You wouldn’t find this kind of taste anywhere. Reached Patni Top which is a hill station in itself. Crossed the Nashree viewpoint (area famous for mudslides and falling rocks) on way to Batote (pic697) . Like Patisa, another must do is to stop by at Peeda to enjoy the rajma-chawal (red beans and rice) which are made in pure ‘ghee’ and offered with ‘anardana chatnee’. We had that left for our final long leg at 5:00 PM. Next we saw breathtaking view of the huge hydro electric project called Baglihar project thats being constructed on River Chenab. Loosing height we come to low lying Ramsu at 6:05. Next highway town Ramban is low too. There is climp up and then down between two. At 640 we reached Banihal which is just a few kms to Banihal or Jawahar Tunnel which, for a long time, used to be the longest road tunnel in Asia (2525 metres). The tunnel is well guarded as its almost the only all-weather artery into the Kashmir valley. After the tunnel, there is a viewpoint to treat yourself to the view of the Kashmir valley. Quazigund is downhill 17 kms and then you bifurcate either to Srinagar or Pahalgam via Khanabal. In terms of Petrol/Gas average we did 297 kms for 1600 rupees or for 32.5 litres driving a Honda City.

After a trek to Kolahai in Pahalgam, a group declares return of normalcy in Kashmir

There would be nothing better than a sign of normalcy returning to Kashmir than normal tourists thronging to remote secluded trekking routes. Its beginning to happen. Makes me remember my trek to Kolahai in 1988  – and the area was declared out of bounds next year, especially since the episode of kidnap of foreign tourists in the Aru area.
Anyhow, this is an interesting update on the status of trekking in Kashmir valley, from Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 22, Dated June 07, 2008:
TOUR OPERATOR Tahseen Ahmad Wani is glad he went with what, till recently, was only a marginal, almost unthinkable trend in Jammu and Kashmir. Following an increase in requests for trekking gear over the past few years, he decided to venture into renting out adventure sports gear to tourist groups, and set up shop in Srinagar, followed by a branch in Pahalgam. This year, with the state tourism department planning to throw open all J&K’s trekking routes, Wani is looking forward to seeing his acumen rewarded with an unprecedented surge of foreign and domestic visitors.
Tourism has been making a marked comeback to the state after an insurgency-beleaguered hiatus of over a decade and a half. Closed “unofficially” since the early 1990s, trails to such destinations as Kolahai, Tattakuti and Gangabal have been off-limits for 18 years. Once a staple of the state’s economy, the hospitality industry was among the first and worst casualties of militancy, whose outbreak caused tourist inflows to plummet virtually overnight. Where nearly 5 lakh domestic tourists visited J&K in 1989, their numbers had crashed to less than 7,000 a year later; foreign tourists also stayed away, with visitors decreasing from 67,762 in 1989 to 4,627 in 1990.
Hopes now are riding high, following two straight years of record tourist figures: 4,32,888 in 2006 (4,12,879 of them domestic and 20,009 foreign) rising to 4,41,840 in 2007 (with 4,17,264 Indians and 24,576 foreigners). Exults Wani, “If the tourism department manages to sell our trekking destinations properly, both within as well as outside the country, we’re sure to make a fortune in this business.” That the government is not blind to the advantages of reviving traditional trekking and mountaineering routes is evident from its busy organising of food festivals and conferences both domestically and internationally to hardsell Kashmir as a trekker’s paradise. “We have some of the most famous peaks in the world,” says Sarmad Hafeez, joint director, tourism, “and if we’re going to bring the tourists back, we have to keep experimenting to offer them something new”. Pointing to the trekking goods rental shops the department has set up en route to key peaks, he says the state is now ready to host any mountaineering event, with all facilities available at nominal charges. The state even has plans to develop new areas along the Line of Control at an estimated cost of Rs 3.5 crore; Gurais, Tulel and Bangus are said to be ready for tourists this year itself.
Further contributing to the diminished threat perception over the Valley was a visit in May from the Mountain Access and Conservation Commission of the International Union of Alpine Associations. Returning from a trek to Kolahai in Pahalgam, the six-member group was pleased to declare that the various travel advisories against Kashmir issued all over the world no longer hold good. Another validation of the state’s efforts to restore normalcy came from the Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF), which held its Golden Jubilee celebrations in Srinagar. Well-known trekkers and mountaineers from across the country attended the function and visited Pahalgam and Gulmarg. Among them was ace mountaineer Rajeev Sharma, an Everest veteran who scaled the peak in 1993, and trekked in Kashmir several times in the 1980s. He says he’s excited by what he saw here this year. “The state has extensive adventure possibilities to offer. There are hundreds of unnamed and unclimbed peaks in the Pir Panjal range,” he told TEHELKA, adding, however, that he has his sights set on the East Karakoram range and Siachen. Both are among the places still under home ministry embargo, and need Army permission to access them, an authorisation often hard to come by.
WHILEUNION Sports Minister MS Gill promised to take the matter up with the home minister, security officials warn of the possibilities of cross-border infiltration and militant attacks, not to speak of tourist abductions. Of the last, Kashmir has had only a single instance, going back to July 1995 when five foreign tourists were kidnapped from Aru in Pahalgam by a little-known militant outfit, Al- Faran. One of those abducted was subsequently found beheaded near Anantnag; the fate of the others is still not known. Though the incident provoked an unofficial ban on the movement of tourists in rural areas and on trekking routes, with visitors required to limit their movements to Srinagar city, this incident was the only one of its kind and saw no repeats.
During the 1980s, J&K was foremost among the country’s trekking destinations. Famous treks like Lidderwat-Kolahai, Kishensar-Gangabal and the walk from Aharbal to Kounsarnag lake were frequented by mountain enthusiasts in hundreds. Apart from such favourite climbs as Haramukh and Kolahai, high-altitude lakes such as Gangabal, Nandakol, Sheshnag and Kounsarnag have also been great attractions for their trout-filled waters.