: Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the 10-day Chithirai annual festival of Sri Gowmariamman Temple at Veerapandi near here, which is scheduled to commence on May 10.
Additional force would be deployed in and around the temple and adequate measures were taken up for the safety of devotees , according to Superintendent of Police R. Balakrishnan.
He was presiding over a special consultative meeting on safety measures at Veerapandi town panchayat office on Tuesday. Dome cameras will be commissioned at eight places in and outside the temple and special teams will monitor the movement of devotees round the clock. Women will be allowed to go through a separate way for darshan.
Two separate ways have been made for devotees carrying fire pots. Pilgrims with fire pots will enter the temple area from a way that starts from flower shops, just opposite Veerapandi police station, to reach the fire pot dumping yard.
After offering, they will pass through the other way to come out of the temple. Moreover, two vehicles have been provided for removing used fire pots from the temple premises and dumping them in distant places. For the first time, face mask would be given to police and fire service personnel manning the smoke-filled fire pot dumping yard.
The shops near the temple premises should be set up within the space provided for each shop owner. No extension or encroachment of upon the main path will be allowed. Choolas and stoves used by shopkeepers to prepare food should not be kept on road side. The Theni-Cumbum Road within Veerpandi will be closed for traffic during festival days. All vehicles will be diverted through Bodendhirapuram to reach Chinnamanur and Cumbum and back. Spacious parking lots for two-wheelers and four-wheelers had been created to accommodate more vehicles, he added.
First time, Veerapandi town panchayat had planned to bring mobile toilets from Coimbatore.
The temple administration will not issue VIP pass during important festival days.