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All set for Mary Matha festival in Gunadala

Special Correspondent
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Mary Matha Shrine decorated for the three-day annual festival at Gunadala in Vijayawada. —PHOTO: V. RAJU
Mary Matha Shrine decorated for the three-day annual festival at Gunadala in Vijayawada. —PHOTO: V. RAJU

Municipal Commissioner G.S. Panda Das on Friday directed officials concerned to ensure adequate arrangements for the three-day annual festival at Mary Matha shrine in Gunadala from Saturday.

Mr. Das, along with a team of officials, visited the festival venue and its surrounding areas and interacted with the devotees to see if proper arrangements were made for the smooth conduct of the event.

He said, to maintain hygiene in the vicinity, officials of the Medical and Health Department in the corporation must ensure adequate number of toilets and, if need be, set up mobile toilets to avoid defecation in the open.

A medical camp must be set up for health check-ups, drinking water supply must be provided round the clock, proper lighting system must be ensured, and garbage clearance must be taken up from time to time to keep the vicinity free of litter.

He said 70 sanitary workers must constantly work in three shifts to keep the surroundings clean. A nine-member team of doctors, 18 ANMs, and other medial and health staff would conduct health check-ups for the floating population of devotees on all three days, he said.

Collector Budha Prakash M. Jyothi said over 4 lakh devotees from across the State were expected to throng the hillock. The devotees would be climbing up the hill to offer prayers at the Mother Mary statue atop the hill. Mr. Budha Prakash said adequate drinking water supply must be made en route their journey up the hill.

Since a large number of devotees would be visiting the place, officials involved in the arrangements must send them in neat rows to avoid stampede. Hygiene must be given top priority since people coming from far-flung areas would stay-put at the venue during the three-day festival period. He asked the RDO S. Venkat Rao to constantly monitor the arrangements until the end of the festival.


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