Make Pushkarams a grand fete: CM
To make Godavari Maha Pushkarams 2015 a national event and a celebration of people’s spiritual relationship with River Godavari, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that the 12-day event should be held in a grand manner. “Godavari Pushkarams should be promoted in a way where we infuse new vigour into people, directing it towards development of the State, instead of making it a mere cultural event.
Hyderabad: To make Godavari Maha Pushkarams 2015 a national event and a celebration of people’s spiritual relationship with River Godavari, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that the 12-day event should be held in a grand manner. “Godavari Pushkarams should be promoted in a way where we infuse new vigour into people, directing it towards development of the State, instead of making it a mere cultural event.
The reason we are emphasising on this River is because we are trying to drought-proof the state with this river’s water,” he said. He added, “We can have theme-based activities where knowledge-integration is linked with cultural performances, contests/exhibitions, etc.”
Beginning on July 14, the event will go on for 12 days till July 25. However, a curtain raiser event has been planned for July 13. Emphasising on finishing pending works by June 25, the Chief Minister said that event should be culturally-vibrant including all aspects such as technology, knowledge-transfer, social empowerment, awareness- building on Swachh Andhra Pradesh and other social issues.
For a constant follow-up on works, the Chief Minister directed officials to integrate all works at Ghats and various centres through GIS where pictures of works from respective places can directly be updated to the central control room. The Chief Minister was informed that about 15,000 sanitation workers will be deployed at different places where the event is being held. Constant monitoring and cleaning activities will be taken up. 15,000 trash cans in red and blue colours will be places to separate dry and wet waste.
On medical camps, the Chief Minister was informed that three categories of personnel were being deployed: Category A (three shifts at main ghats), Category B (two shifts at ghats with medium population) and Category C (one shift at rural ghats in villages). In case of any mishaps near the ghats, the government will deploy over 3,500 swimmers and 871 boats apart from having fire services in place.
He said as part of the programmes to be taken up during the Pushkarams, the Rajahmundry town would be watched under a closed circuit TV during the pushkarams, and about 50,000 skylights would be lit up on the first day of the pushkarams. Apart from a wifi facility, an application would be designed for the use of all the departments for close coordination among the participatory departments.
He asked the officials to ensure that there would not be any jam in the mobile networks as about four crore pilgrims were expected to come to take holy dip, he added. It was decided to welcome the CMs, Governors, MPs and such dignitaries with Tirupathi Laddus.
Also, Naidu has directed the officials to ensure that the TTD and other cultural organisations would present cultural and shows of religious significance for the pilgrims visiting during the pushkarams. Endowments Minister P Manikyala Rao, Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and senior officials took part in the review.