High Alert For Jatra

The State Administration along with 10,000 security personnel stand in high alert as this holy town is all set for the annual Rath Jatra of Trinity scheduled on Thursday.

ADGP, Law and Order, Sanjeeb Panda, who is overall In Charge of Rath Jatra reviewed the arrangements on 3 July.
Sources said that as many as 142 platoons of Odisha Police, about 1,000 officers of various ranks, 2,450 Home Guards, three company of RAF, two units of ODRAF, one unit NDRF, three company OSAF besides eight anti-sabotage teams, a bomb disposal squad with sniffer dogs and three anti-terrorist check posts were in place ahead of the festival, said a Top Cop.
Anticipating congregation of over 10 lakh devotees on the Rath Jatra day, the Odisha Police had deployed two additional DGP rank officers, five IGPs and 1,000 commandant rank officers to supervise the arrangements.
"We are prepared for any situation apart from VVIP security," said Soumendra Priyadarshi, the IG, Central Range adding for smooth and safe conduct of the event a mock drill of pulling of chariots was also conducted.

While 10,000 strong force are already deployed on the ground, personnel of Indian Navy and Coast Guard will also patrol in the sea. The civil aviation authorities have also been kept on preparedness for air coverage, a senior official said.

Meanwhile, Shree Jaganath Temple Administration Chief Administrator P K Mohapatra said: "We have already prepared a time like for the procession of deities and pulling of chariots. With cooperation of all the stake holders, rituals will go on smoothly."

"We will certainly meet the time line given by the administration. The servitors will fully cooperate the administration to make the festival a grand success," said Binayak Dasmphapatra, a senior servitor.

Apart from police, different state government departments like health, urban and housing development department, sanitation and others are doing their best to make the occasion a grand success, said Mr.Mohapatra.
The Trinity, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra's chariots will be pulled by the devotees in presence of lakhs of people on the grand road in front of the 12th century shrine.
For the first time, Lord Jagannath Temple has been decorated with flowers on the occasion of the Ratha Jatra.
A Delhi-based devotee KK Sharma, has spent about Rs 15 lakh for the floral decoration of the shrine, SJTA sources said

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