1,500 policemen to be posted for ‘Thai Poosam’

Staff Reporter

Collector reviews arrangements at the hill temple in Palani

PALANI: Top priority has been given for security and health aspects. The entire hill temple, winch and rope car stations will be brought under security blanket. Over 1,500 police personnel will be deployed. Fifteen medical teams at various locations will serve the pilgrims, according to Collector R. Vasuki.

She was reviewing arrangements made for ‘Thai Poosam’ festival scheduled to commence on February 2 here on Wednesday.

A dome camera will be installed on the hill temple and door frame metal detectors will be there at all entry points including winch and rope stations, Sri Padhavinayagar temple and at hill temple.

Besides, mobile teams will patrol highways leading to Palani to check speeding vehicles at night and in the early morning. Telephone numbers of trauma care centres, police station and drivers of ambulances will be displayed at the police control room for swift action.

A police out post with public address system will be set up at the hill temple. The entire crowd visiting the temple will be videographed through out the festival.

Besides, the police will set up ‘May I Help You’ counters at prime locations to guide pilgrims. Nine ambulances with drivers and medical team will be kept ready for emergency care, she said.

First time, local bodies were roped in for wayside sanitation and help pilgrims during their journey.

Instructions to municipality

Mr. Vasuki ordered Municipal health officials to check free food meant for pilgrims before distribution. Prior permission is a must for every donor.

An office with sufficient staff must be set up at the municipal office, she instructed. “Twenty temporary toilets and one mobile toilet will be set up.”

She directed the municipal officials to install adequate number of street lights in the two temporary bus stands and TNEB officials to regulate power supply during the festival time.

Notice should be served to shops on Sannadhi streets that dump waste on streets. Garbage must be removed round the clock. Roaming of pigs should be eradicated, the Collector added.

Pricking stones on Palani-Dindigul highway will be removed within two days for comfortable walk of pilgrims. The TNEB must remove six electric posts that were posing problem to traffic on Oddanchatram-Dindigul highway, Ms. Vasuki said.

Superintendent of Police A. Pari and HR and CE Joint Commissioner T. Rajamanickam accompanied her.

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