Arrangements for Dasara festival are going at brisk pace, and 90 percent of the works were completed, according to District Collector M. Buddha Prakash Jyothi.
Dr. Jyothi reviewed the arrangements being made for the festival, here on Tuesday. On the occasion, he said that the remaining works would be completed in next two days. Necessary arrangements were being made for parking at convenient places. As many as 900 NSS volunteers would be pressed into services for the convenience of pilgrims, and they would serve in three shifts, he said.
Dr. Jyothi said that the officials were asked to complete the repair of Errakatta immediately. The electricity department officials would certify the lighting in barricading after the works were finished. The fisheries department was asked to press swimmers at all ghats and provide them all necessary facilities. The district medical and health officer in coordination with the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation would make medical camps, he said, adding, the officials concerned would be held responsible if the devotees faced any hardships.
24-hour control room
Police Commissioner B. Srinivasulu said that the bandobust with 3,000 personnel was being made for the festival. Five additional SPs, 15 ACPs, 55 CIs and 165 SIs would be on festival duty. And to see that there was no traffic problems in the city, 750 officials of different cadre and 200 NCC cadets would be on duty. A 24-hour control room would also be opened, he said.
Temple Executive Officer K. Prabhakara Srinivas said that the queue lines would be from Vinayaka temple. About 45 CC TVs and 35 CC cameras would be arranged at 45 important locations. Eight coconut breaking points, the shower baths, dress changing rooms, public address system, and sanitation etc., works were being completed, he said.
Municipal Commissioner G.S. Pandadas, Sub Collector D. Harichandana, Nuzvid Sub Collector Muralidhar Babu, DRO L. Vijaychander, DCP Raviprakash, and Additional JC B. Chennakesava Rao were present.