Rashmi Ranjan

With Rath Yatra, the annual sojourn of Lord Jagannath and sibling deities, approaching fast, elaborate security arrangements will be put in place for the grand festival.

According to sources, as many as 170 platoons of police force will be deployed in the pilgrim town for the smooth and timely conduct of Rath Yatra, which will see a footfall of lakhs of devotees from across the globe.

Besides, special emphasis will be given to crowd and traffic management, chariot pulling, and providing security to VVIPs, sources informed, adding that there will be a special mobility plan for vehicles in pilgrim city during the annual festival.

The city will be divided into 14 zones and 29 sectors during the annual festival, sources added.

“There will be separate officers and their teams to manage the crowd on the Bada Danda. Similarly, separate officers have been deployed for the cordon duties. Adequate police forces have been deployed for the smooth conduct of the Rath Yatra,” Odisha DGP, Sunil Bansal said.

“We will issue a detailed mobility plan for regular buses, tourist buses, two-wheelers, and four-wheelers coming to the city,” said Amitabh Thakur, Transport Commissioner.

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