The police have made elaborate arrangements to ensure the safety of devotees participating in the Mahasivaratri festival in Aluva on Monday.

About 1540 police personnel including 15 DySPs, 45 circle inspectors, 209 sub inspectors and 240 WPC, will be deployed in the festival area, bathing ghats and the Aluva town. Special police in mufti from other districts have been deployed to nab the pick-pockets and anti social elements in the festival area.

To ensure safety of the temporary foot bridge constructed across Periyar, only 400 devotees will only be allowed to pass through the temporary bridge at a time.

Further, the road side vendors will not be allowed 50 meters around the festival area. Begging is banned in Aluva municipal area from Sunday onwards.

The service of six boats equipped with life bags and rescue implements will be arranged in bathing ghats in Periyar here. Ten ambulances under the supervision of medical officers will be put on alert in the area.

Additional police will be deployed in the railway station and about 50 CCTV cameras have been installed in the sensitive areas of the town.

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