The city police have drafted a comprehensive security plan for the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival at the Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple here.

As part of the bandobust arrangements, a temporary police outpost was opened by the Inspector General of Police, Central Zone and Commissioner of Police (in-charge) Karan Singha on Monday at the Ranga Vilas Mandapam inside the temple premises.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) Rupesh Kumar Meena, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime & Traffic) Tamilchandran, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments officials and members of the Board of Trustees of the temple were present during the function.

Around 3,000 police personnel from Tiruchi and neighbouring districts would be deployed on the eve of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi' that falls on December 17. The personnel includes eight Superintendents of Police, six ASPs and 37 DSPs, Mr.Meena said.

Around 400 policemen in two shifts would be deployed at various places in and outside the temple from December 7 .

Surveillance cameras that are to be installed by the city police at strategic points within the temple premises would be connected to the monitor at the temporary police outpost. .

The outpost would be headed by a senior police officer in the rank of Additional Superintendent of Police, Mr. Meena said.

Four watch towers would be set up at different places outside the temple and round-the-clock security team would be headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police.

The festival commenced on Monday with the recital of ‘Thirunedunthaandagam' by ‘Arayars' at the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Ranganathar.

The ‘Arayars' led by Lakshminarayanan recited the holy verses. The festival comes to a close on December 27.