Chakwal: A total of 100 Indian pilgrims are expected to arrive at the Katas Raj Temples site tomorrow (December 14) to fulfil their religious obligations, according to news sources. Evacuee Property Trust Board (ETPB) Deputy Secretary Syed Faraz Abbas said that the Hindu pilgrims would cross the Wagah Border tonight.
Katas Raj Pilgrimage Chief Organiser (Haryana) Shiv Partab Bajaj expressed his joy at the resumption of the pilgrimage activity; which had remained suspended for a year. He expressed gratitude to former chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar for his efforts to revive the historically significant pond at the site (which had dried up after excessive usage of water by cement plants in the locality).
The pond is now 7.8 feet deep, but its natural springs have not been revived. The concerned authorities are filling water in the pond through tube wells.
The pilgrimage usually occurs twice a year (once in November/December and once in February) to celebrate the Maha Shivratri festival.
Deputy Commissioner Chakwal (r) Captain Abdul Sattar Esani held a meeting on Tuesday to finalise arrangements for the pilgrims. He directed the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) to provide uninterrupted power supplies for the occasion.