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Collector directs officials to make elaborate arrangements for Simhachalam Giri Pradakshina

The I&PR officials were told to be present at the command and control room, which will be monitored by revenue department officials from the revenue department, for the annual event organized by Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthanam at Simhachalam.

The I&PR officials were told to be present at the command and control room, which will be monitored by revenue department officials from the revenue department, for the annual event organized by Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthanam at Simhachalam. | Photo credit: Archive photo

District Collector Harendhira Prasad asked the officials concerned to make elaborate arrangements for the annual Simhachalam Giri Pradakshina organized by Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthanam on July 20 based on past experiences.

Officials have been instructed to ensure that devotees taking part in the 32-km trek do not suffer any inconvenience.

At a meeting organized by the Collectorate on Monday, Mr. Harendhira Prasad, who reviewed the arrangements along with officials of various departments, ordered arrangements for police posts, public address systems, police radio stations, drinking water kiosks , portable toilets, proper sanitation facilities, etc. to ensure that hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend this annual event.

He directed them to take measures to ensure that there are no problems in the queuing process. He directed the health department to arrange ambulances and medical posts.

The Collector said the medical posts should be equipped with ORS kits, medicines, first aid kits, ANMs and doctors.

The Collector also directed APEPDCL officials to ensure uninterrupted power supply throughout the trekking route and arrange for generators if necessary.

Arriving at the Apgar beach where devotees bathe in the holy water, the Collector asked the fisheries department to deploy swimmers and arrange for a public address system to ensure that no incident of drowning takes place. APSRTC authorities have been directed to arrange necessary buses on the day.

Mr. Prasad also said that police and I&PR officials should be present at the command and control room, which would be monitored by revenue department officials from Collectorate.

Joint Director of Police K. Fakeerappa, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation Additional Commissioner KS Viswanadhan, Joint Director Mayur Ashok, Simhachalam Devasthanam Executive Officer S. Srinivas Murthy and others were present

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