No traffic jams: Dy CM Kadiyam Srihari
Denying the reports of traffic congestion on way to Medaram, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari said that it’s understandable that with vehicles coming in thousands they have to go slowly.
Medaram (Bhupalpally): Denying the reports of traffic congestion on way to Medaram, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari said that it’s understandable that with vehicles coming in thousands they have to go slowly.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Srihari said that he himself proceeded to Medaram without any hiccups. The authorities ensured free flow of traffic, he added. “We have come to know that around 1,000 vehicles per hour have been passing through the traffic counting spot at Gattamma temple,” he said, appealing to people to coordinate with the administration in the peaceful conduct of jatara.
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Governor ESL Narasimhan, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram are visiting Medaram on Friday, Srihari said. Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh will offer prayers in Medaram on Thursday.
Endowments Minister A Indrakaran Reddy said that the government made all arrangements with an outlay of Rs 80 crore for the comfort of devotees visiting Sammakka-Saralamma jatara.
Mahabubabad MP A Sitaram Naik, Medaram jatara Special Officer Prashanth Jeevan Patil and Mulug Sub-Collector Gowtham were among others present. In another meeting, in-charge Collector RV Karnan said that sectorial officials will monitor the situation round-the-clock as devotees in huge numbers descending on Medaram.
He appealed to physically challenged and old-aged to offer their prayers only after February 2 as they have made special arrangements for their darshan. Superintendent of Police R Bhaskaran said that special teams have been pressed into service to ensure free flow of traffic.
Due to the breakdown of a few RTC buses, the devotees have been facing traffic problems between Mulug and Pasra and the issue was tackled, he added. Meanwhile, the DGP M Mahender Reddy, who was here to review the situation, directed the officials to be cautious as the ensuing Friday said to be most auspicious and a host of dignitaries visiting the jatara.
Referring to the traffic chaos, he said that it was very common that on the first day of an event as massive as Medaram jatara that attracts millions of people.
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