The Bhadrachalam sub-divisional police have devised a comprehensive security plan envisaging deployment of around 2,000 police personnel and installation of 15 CCTV cameras in Bhadrachalam during the ensuing Teppotsavam and Vaikunta Ekadasi festival slated to be celebrated on January 10 and 11 respectively, in the temple town.

Apart from drafting a huge posse of the police personnel for the bandobust duty, the police officials concerned have initiated additional security measures such as bringing the busy public places in the temple town under the CCTV surveillance system during the main festivities. A CCTV network is already in place in the main temple complex, sources added. According to sources, the police officials have identified specific locations such as bus station, Vista complex, and kalyana mandapam besides the areas abutting the historical Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy temple for installation of the CCTV cameras on the eve of the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival. The additional security measures have been initiated in anticipation of heavy influx of devotees including several VIPs to the temple town on January 10 and 11. The police have already embarked on vehicle checking operations on the main roads in and around the temple town particularly those leading to Charla and Chintur mandals, which share border with the Maoist-hit areas of the neighbouring Chhattisgarh State.

Around 2,000 police personnel of all ranks will be deployed for bandobust in connection with the Vaikunta Ekadasi festivities on January 10 and 11 in Bhadrachalam, said N. Prakash Reddy, ASP, Bhadrachalam.

He said a total of 15 CCTV cameras will be set up at main public places to maintain visual surveillance to prevent untoward incidents during the ensuing festivities in the temple town.