Major security arrangements for Rath Yatra 2024, 180 platoon police force deployed

Puri: Preparation for the world famous Rath Yatra is almost in the last phase. Police DG Arun Sarangi said that a decision has been taken to conduct the annual sojourn of the Lord in an orderly manner.

He further informed that there will be a security blanket with as many as 180 platoon police force and chosen police officers of the state. The traffic system will be controlled with the help of drones. People can know the traffic situation through WhatsApp.

A special team has been formed regarding the visit of President Draupadi Murmu. The President’s visit to Puri is on July 7. Although the management of the Rath Yatra was challenging, this year also like every year, with the grace of the Lord, everything will be done smoothly, DG Police Arun Sarangi further added.

Priority is given to the disciplined viewing, safety and service of the devotees. The train will be closely monitored through CCTV cameras and control rooms. The responsibility has been entrusted in the hands of competent and experienced officers who can manage all the work well.

Central IG, Puri SP, State Police Headquarters Officer, ADG Law and Order, ADG Headquarters, Director of State Police were present in the meeting yesterday. It has detailed discussions on traffic, safety of devotees, food, lodging, allocation of duties, rehearsals before the chariot ride etc.

Similarly, this time the number of devotees coming to Puri for the procession will be counted. The Deputy Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Pravati Parida informed about the number of devotees. She further said, counting will be done on three major routes connecting Puri. Passengers will also be counted in hotels, religious houses and lodgings. In addition, passengers coming by bus, auto, car, bike will also be included in this calculation.

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