CM holds Rath Yarta review meet

Bhubaneswar: Having faced criticism from all quarters for Nabakalebar fiasco, chief minister Naveen Patnaik today directed Sri Jagannath Temple Administration and officials concerned for timely completion of all the rituals of the deities during the ensuing Rath Yatra.

Official sources said, the CM asked the ministers to ensure that the remaining infrastructure project works related to Nabakalebar are completed within the given time.

While taking a stock of the chariot construction work in Puri, he instructed the officials to monitor the work so that it can be completed on time.

During the annual festival, the state government would deploy 9,000 policemen in Puri. After a review meeting on security and law & order situation, DGP Sanjeev Marik had said altogether 164 platoons of police force would be pressed into action during the festival.

According to sources, 12 commandants (SP-rank officers), 30 assistant SPs, 20 DSPs, 120 inspectors, 680 sub-inspectors, 500 constables and 2,500 home guards would be deployed.

“Besides, two units of rapid action forces would be deployed on Grand Road to tackle any emergency. Over 150 traffic constables would ensure smooth flow of traffic.

The government would provide traffic information to tourists through 20 LEDs,” said Marik.