Puri: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday sought cooperation from people and other government officials for the smooth conduct of the annual Rath Yatra to be observed at Puri on June 25.
At a special review meeting held at Puri, Patnaik reviewed the status of various projects and works including chariot construction being undertaken for the mega festival of the State.
Official sources said, the progress and arrangements made by several departments including CESU, PHD, PWD, Health and others were reviewed by the Chief Minister.
However, Sachetan Nagarika Manch and other political parties including the Congress and the BJP opposed the CM’s visit to Puri.
Over 20 activists of several outfits were taken into preventive custody while trying to show black flags to the Chief Minister’s carcade.
Meanwhile, Director General of Police KB Singh said security would be a top priority for Odisha Police for Rath Yatra, while speaking to mediamen after today’s coordination meeting.
For the first time, three companies of Odisha Swift Action Force (OSAF) raised in lines of Rapid Action Force (RAF) would be deployed in Puri during the Rath Yatra.
“125 platoons of police force will be deployed along with two companies of RAF, 3 companies of OSAF, NDRF with special focus on CCTV surveillance,” said Singh.
Singh further informed that this year elaborate arrangements are being made to ensure that police deployment is made in every lane and bylane of Puri.