Govt to beef up security during Makaravilakku

The dewaswam minister, Mr V. S. Sivakumar said that the security arrangements at Pampa and Sannidhanam would be bolstered during the Makaravilakku festival to prevent any tragedy like Pullumedu, which happened last year on the occasion of the festival.

More police personnel will be deployed at the places such as Paanchali para, Parunthum medu Uppupara, where the devotees throng to witness the makarayothi.

Makeshift barricades would be set up in these places to control devotees during the makaravilakku festival said minister while speaking in the meeting of the district level officers convened at Pathanamtta on Thursday.

The minister also instructed the officials to arrange sufficient drinking water and light for the devotees who stay back at Sannidhanam to witness the Makarajyothi.

There would be a facility to give instruction in five different languages through public announcement system on the occasion of the festival.

The minister said that ASCA light will be put in use at the places where there is no electric supply. It will benefit the pilgrims who camp at places in the forest for witnessing the makararajothi.

Assistance of forest and excise officials has also been sought for the dealing with the situation if any case of exigency, said Mr Sivakumar.

Special arrangements will be made at Nilakkal to provide drinking water to the devotees as it was came in to the notice there was acute shortage of drinking water supply here.

A special drinking water scheme at Nilakkal for effective supply of drinking water to the devotees is also in the pipeline and it will be materialized in the coming season.High-level meeting in the presence of CM will be convened after the Makaravilakku festival to evaluate the situations of previous season and discuss the future projects.

Construction of Nadapanthal from Pampa to Sannnidhanam and completion of queue complex will be discussed in the meeting. MPs. MLAs and additional chief secretary K. Jayakumar also participated.


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