Jayaraj Manepalli

Each can accommodate 25 persons easily

Tents would be handed over to organisers of the event in a day or two Many Tibetans all praise for the arrangements made for visitorsOfficials constantly monitoring sanitation, water supply and electricity

AMARAVATHI (GUNTUR DIST.): Ladakhis get special attention from the Indain Army for the Kalachakra 2006, with many of them showing interest in attending the 12-day event to be conducted by the 14th Dalai Lama.

The Army has put up 60 tents for the Buddhists from Ladakh region and the tents are big enough to accommodate 25 persons in each easily. "We have actually brought about 100 tents, but due to the lack of space we are setting up only 60 of them," said an Army official.

Personnel from Ordnance, Artillery and Supplies Units of the Indian Army were involved in putting up the tents. The tents would be handed over to the organisers of the event in a day or two and we will collect the material back after Kalachakra, he said.

The pilgrims from foreign countries and those from Tibet will be given special treatment, including accessibility to Dalai Lama himself, whereas the Buddhists from other places like refugee camps in Karnataka and Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh and those from Nepal would not get that kind of treatment, opined a Tibetan refugee from a camp near Mysore.

Many Tibetans were all praise for the arrangements made for the visitors. The constant monitoring of the sanitation, water supply and electricity by the officials is commendable and this seems to be the most organised Kalachakra ceremony so far, opined Tenzing Pema, a Tibetan pilgrim residing in Paloti Niketan camp.

However, many Tibetans preferred to carry their own water bottles and eat at the numerous temporary restaurants that have sprung up in the vicinity.