Puri, April 11 (LocalWire): The Ratha Jatra coordination committee held the first preparatory meeting last evening at Gopabandhu Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya here, to chalk out the action plan for the smooth conduct of the annual car festival to be held on 4 July this year.
The Central revenue divisional commissioner presided over the meeting that was attended by the Collector, IGP, temple servitors and municipality officials.
Puri municipality has been directed to remove encroachments from drains along the Grand Road (bada danda) and clean and repair the drainage system of the city.
‘The meeting also focused on procurement of timber logs, fabrics, ropes for the chariots and their construction, water and electricity supplies, health and sanitation facilities and commutation services, along with parking arrangements,’ said RDC Anil Kumar Samal.
Line officers and sevayats have been asked to conduct their duties timely, he added.
‘CDMO provided a detailed plan on providing 21 additional health camps with doctors and ambulance services. DHS hospitals will be upgraded, along with ICUs with anti-heatwave chambers,’ informed the Puri Collector.
Barricading will be done from Singhdawara and CESU has been asked to install special lighting arrangements, he further added.
IGP Soumendra Priyadarshi said the Ratha Jatra was the biggest challenge for Odisha police, ‘Security platoons like Rapid Action Force and Special Tactical Units will be deployed. Arrangements for traffic control, security inside and outside the temple premises, crowd control and coastline safety will be undertaken, like every year.’