Puri admin gears up for Rath Yatra: Preparatory meeting emphasizes key arrangements

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Puri, (Reporterspen), April 17: The Puri district administration recently convened its second preparatory meeting for the upcoming Rath Yatra festival, focusing on vital aspects such as crowd management, timely execution of rituals, and traffic control measures.

Various topics, including crowd management, water supply, sanitation, and law enforcement, were thoroughly discussed during the session chaired by Puri district collector Siddharth Sankar Swain at the Circuit House. The objective was to ensure meticulous arrangements for the festival scheduled on July 7.
During the meeting, it was disclosed that 865 timber logs are required for constructing the three chariots, with 53 currently unused. Consequently, the administration seeks 812 additional timber logs to meet the requirement.

Emphasizing the urgency of completing tasks, Swain highlighted the proximity of the Rath Yatra to the General Elections 2024.

The globally renowned Ratha Yatra, slated for July 7 this year, has prompted police to initiate measures ensuring devotees’ safety and a seamless experience. The festival’s rituals will commence on May 10 with Akshay Tritya, culminating in the Rath Yatra on July 7, followed by Bahuda on July 15, and Sunabesha on July 17.

Key officials attending the meeting included additional collector (Revenue) Kailash Chandra Nayak, additional collector (Administration) Sarat Chandra Behera, additional collector (Protocol) Nilamadhab Bhoi, Superintendent of Police Pinak Mishra, additional Superintendent of Police Sushil Kumar Mishra, and Deputy Collector Priyadarshini Mallick.

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