Arrangements In Full Swing For Attukal Pongala
A strict ban on plastic and thermocol in the festival area | By Yentha
On Feb 24, 2015

Trivandrum: It's that time of the year when all roads lead to Attukal Bhagavathy temple. So the authorities have to take care of the public and their needs with security being the top most priority. In fact about four thousand policemen will be deployed for the upcoming Pongala festival at the Attukal temple and its premises.

“The police would be deployed in two phases. One thousand five hundred police personnel will be in charge of the security from February 25 to March 3 whereas 2,500 more policemen would be added from March 4 to 6,” said Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala at a meeting to review the pongala arrangements.

District Collector Biju Prabhakar would be in charge of coordinating departments while Additional Director General of Police, South Zone, K Padmakumar would be the principal coordinator.

“A police aid post was set up at the temple for the last year’s festival. Plans for setting up a police station in the area is also on the cards,” added the Home Minister. It is also learnt that there would be a strict ban on plastic and thermocol near the festival area.

Food Safety Squads would carry out routine inspections in the area to ensure the quality of food and water provided during the festival season. Steps are being taken to reduce noise pollution as well. All street lights would be made functional before the festival. Squads from Ayurveda, allopathy and homeo are expected to be deployed while the Fire and Rescue Services have also come up with elaborate arrangements.

“This year the government has sanctioned Rs.3 crore for the festival expenses apart from what the various departments would spend for the festival,” said Health Minister V S Sivakumar.

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