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Ready: Work on filling the Manalveli with fresh sand in progress at Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy temple.
Ready: Work on filling the Manalveli with fresh sand in progress at Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy temple.

Tiruchi Bureau

In connection with ‘Vaikunda Ekadasi’ festival that falls on December 28

TIRUCHI: The city police have drafted a comprehensive security scheme in connection with the ‘Vaikunda Ekadasi’ festival that falls on December 28 to maintain order, prevent crimes and regulate movement of devotees and vehicular traffic in the temple town on the day of the festival and on its eve.

As per the security scheme, over 2,500 police personnel would be drafted for bandobust, traffic regulation and crime prevention assignments which includes personnel from the Tamil Nadu Special Police and Armed Reserve Units.

The scheme involves the Superintendents of Police of Tiruchi Rural, Karur and Pudukottai districts and the Commandant, Tamil Nadu Special Police, Madurai besides the Deputy Commissioners of Police who would be directly monitoring the bandobust and traffic regulation arrangements on the day of the festival.

With police personnel from other districts expected on Saturday, full deployment will be come into force on Saturday night.

Police sources said four companies of Tamil Nadu Special Police and six Armed Reserve units would be engaged for security duty too this time. A total of five Additional Superintendents of Police, 35 Deputy Superintendent of Police, 90 Inspectors and 150 Sub Inspectors form part of the security arrangement.

Separate crime-teams headed by an officer in the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police have been constituted to prevent offences in the temple town.

Police personnel from districts neighbouring Tiruchi including Madurai and Dindigul would form part of crime teams to identify criminals from other districts. The crime teams in plainclothes would be inside and outside the temple premises.

The sources said the city police would install four speed dome cameras at vantage points for effective monitoring inside the temple. A total of 20 video cameras would be utilised to videograph the happenings inside the shrine.

Police sources said eight traffic units comprising over 300 police personnel would regulate traffic.

Meanwhile, the temple authorities have finalised the arrangements for the smooth conduct of the festival.

Fresh sand has been deposited to a depth of three inches on ‘Manalveli’ area where a huge congregation of devotees will gather.

P.K. Thiyagarajan, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the temple said three big screens would be erected at ‘Udayavar’ and ‘Thaayar’ ‘sannithis’ besides at ‘Manalveli’ to enable devotees worship ‘Namperumal’, the processional deity.

He said the temple authorities would install 12 speed dome cameras at key points in the temple. This would be in addition to the cameras installed by the police.

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