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Over 2,000 police personnel to be deployed

Police to induct drones to monitor the crowd for first time

Vizianagaram: Over 2,100 police personnel including 172 armed police will be deployed as security measures for the major folk festival Sirimanotsavam.

Sirimanotsavam is a major event of the presiding deity of Vizianagaram Town Sri Pydithalli Ammavari Jatara (festival). It will be held on October 15.

Deputy inspector general (Visakha Range) L.V.K. Ranga Rao and Vizianagaram police chief B. Raja Kumari said that during the festival Vizianagaram Town will under the surveillance of over 50 CCTV cameras which will be monitored from the command and control room.

Over six lakh devotees from parts of North Andhra and neighbouring Odisha are expected to visit the town to witness the Sirimanotsavam.

Going by the tradition, the festival is celebrated on the first Tuesday after Dasara. It is the biggest folk festival in north-coastal Andhra Pradesh. The Vizianagaram district administration has completed the necessary arrangements for the festival.

Temple authorities expect a crowd of more than six lakh for the festival this time. During the festival, the temple priest is carried on a long pole, called Sirimanu, which is hoisted on a wooden chariot, all around the Vizianagaram fort.

The Sirimanu procession is scheduled to start at 3.30 pm on October 15 and will cover the thoroughfares from the Vizianagaram Fort to the Pydithalli temple.

The bomb disposal teams and sniffer dogs have already been pressed into service to ensure to the safety of devotees and people of Vizianagaram. There will be four special mobile teams at strategic places for crowd control and to nab any suspects during the festival.

Raja Kumari said, “We will be inducting four drones for festival. The drones will help identify the trouble zones and will monitor the crowds. There will be certain traffic restrictions imposed on October 14 and 15 for the smooth conduct of the festival.”

District collector M. Hari Jawahar Lal said that temporary toilets will be set up at important areas near the fort and the temple for convince of the devotees. The district administration has been taking all steps to provide facilities to the devotees.

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