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Pushkaralu arrangements in full swing: District Collector

District Collector P Satyanarayana Reddy addressing the media in Khammam on SaturdayNalgonda: District Collector P Satynarayana Reddy said that the district administration was expecting nearly 1.50 crore devotees to take a holy dip in the Krishna River in the district during the Pushkaralu.  

Addressing the media here on Saturday at Collectorate along with the Superintendent of Police Prakash Reddy, he said that works of  Pushkaralu were almost finished and now the district administration was focusing on the amenities and security of  the devotees to make the pushkaralu event a grand success. 

He informed that during the 2004 Krishna Pushkaralu, the government provided only 11 pushkar ghats in 11 villages covering five mandals, but this time, the State government provided 28 Pushkar Ghats along the river belt in 9 mandals. 

Explaining other details, he said to monitor the ghats from time to time, seven officials were appointed as monitoring and nodal officers. In addition to this, 28 officers were appointed as Ghat in-charge officers and under these, individual officers and 11 line department officers would  render their services round the clock in three shifts, he added.  

He further informed that Tahsildars and MPDOs were appointed as in-charges of control rooms and they would  work in shifts. For the safety of devotees during holy dip, five professional swimmers were assigned  at each Pushkar Ghat in the district, he said. 

He said that a doctor with staff would render services to the pilgrims in all 28 pushkar ghats in round the clock in shifts
The ICDS staff and volunteers would render help to the PHCs and the aged to undertake a pushkar bath. 

Wheel chairs and stretchers will be made available to be used in emergency. To control the devotees at ghat and temple places, services of NCC , NSS and Satya Sai Service organisation would be utilised. 

The Department of Electricity is directed to supply uninterrupted power  at the ghats, vehicle parking and holding places during the pushkaram days. 

He informed that for the convenience of pilgrims the district administration was planning to unveil a mobile APP besides a help line with phone number 08682- 245101  arranged at district collectorate.  

SP Prakash Reddy informed that department of Police would be deputing 6,765 Personnel including officials and cops for the safety and security of devotees at pushkar ghats and to regulate the traffic during pushkaralu days. 

As a part of Security as many as 180 CCTVs would be arranged at Ghats, Temples, Parking and holding points, he added.  Joint Collector  Dr N Satyanarayana and Additional Joint Collector  Venkat Rao were present.  


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