President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday visited the Holy Cave Shrine of Vaishno Devi and paid obeisance at the Sanctum Sanctorum.

Kovind prayed for the progress and prosperity of the people of the country.

During his brief visit, the President went around the Shrine complex, viewed the facilities and met the pilgrims.

Governor NN Vohra, who is Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, briefed the President about the continuing initiatives being taken for upgrading and expanding the infrastructure for facilitating the progressively increasing number of pilgrims to the shrine.

He observed that a master plan has been got prepared for the Bhawan and the extended shrine area to provide planned accommodation for pilgrims at Bhawan, Adhkuwari, Katra and Jammu and Durga Bhawan is being re-constructed to enhance accommodation facilities for pilgrims.

Water supply is being augmented and all the lights along the tracks and in the Bhawan area have been replaced with LED lights; health care facilities for the pilgrims have been strengthened.

Giving details about the various social support initiatives taken by the Board, especially in the education and health sectors, Governor referred to the establishment of superspeciality hospital, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University and College of Nursing at Kakryal and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul at Charanpaduka, involving an investment of nearly Rs. 1,000 crore.

Regarding the upcoming major infrastructure projects, the Governor informed the President that a passenger ropeway between Bhawan and Bhairon Ghati and material ropeway between Siar Dabri and Bhawan are nearing completion.

He also informed the President about the ongoing Slope Stabilisation Project and installation of Shelter Sheds for ensuring safety of the pilgrims against shooting stones and landslides, besides, the upcoming Tarakote Marg which will cost about Rs 80 crore.