Puri: With only two days away from the world famous Ratha Yatra in Puri, the police administration has left no stone unturned to convert the pilgrim town into a fortress to ensure a hassle-free annual sojourn of the Holy trinity, which would be conducted without the participation of devotees like last year due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Additional DG RK Sharma today reviewed the security arrangements at the Sri Jagannath Temple and its periphery areas ahead of the mega event.
As per the plan, the Puri town will divided into 12 zones with deployment of special security personnel on the roof top of buildings at all entry points and along side of the Bada Danda.
As many as 65 platoons of forces will be mobilised for the grand festival. Besides, 10 additional SPs, 31 DSPs and 64 inspectors will be deployed to look after the law and order situation.
“The entire police department is well prepared for the Ratha Yatra. The entire security arrangements have been divided into 12 zones. The blue-print of the security deployment has been prepared under the supervision of Puri SP and IG,” said RK Sharma, additional DG.
On the other hand, the district administration will clamp curfew in the entire town effective since Sunday 8 pm which will remain in force till Tuesday 8 pm.
The district administration has advised the residents to keep essential commodities ready as no shops excluding medicine shops will be allowed to open.
Tourists residing in any guest houses or hotels or lodges in the town have been directed to leave the place by tonight (July 7).
“We have issued an order under section 144 of CrPC which will come into effect tomorrow at 8pm and will remain in force till July 13th 8 pm. During this period, no shops or any essential activities will be allowed to function on Bada Danda,” Puri Collector Samarth Verma said.
On the other hand, construction of chariots has reached the final stage. All works have been completed expect some decorative activities.
The Agyanmala Bije ritual will be performed at Chariot construction yard (Ratha Khala) on Sunday soon after the Sakala Dhupa ritual. After that, three chariots will be kept in front of the Singhadwar ready to be pulled.