The Government of Andhra Pradesh is making extensive arrangements to make Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015 experience a very memorable one. Here are the highlights:

  1. To set the mood of Godavari Maha Pushkaram among people, 24 LED screens will be put up at various centers that telecast Pushkaram related events. Meanwhile, BSNL will set up free Wifi hotspots with super fast connectivity at various locations including bus stops.
  2. Over 4000 priests have been identified for performing various rituals at Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015. They have been provided the necessary identity cards.  And separate sheds were built for them near the Pushkaram Ghats.
  3. About 15,000 sanitation workers will be deputed at different placed where the event is being held. Constant monitoring and cleaning activities will be taken up. 15,000 trash cans in red and blue colors will be places to separate dry and wet waste. Daily cleaning of drains, collection and disposal of solid waste before, during and after the event is planned.
  4. Municipal administration department has earmarked areas for sanitation workers. Hourly updates from sanitation workers and supervisors will make it to the database of the central control room.
  5. Medical camps with three categories of personnel will be deployed.
    1. Category A – Three shifts at main Pushkaram Ghats
    2. Category B – Two shifts at Pushkaram Ghats with medium population
    3. Category C – One shift at rural Pushkaram Ghats
  6. Apart from emergency fire services in place, the government will deploy over 3,500 swimmers and 871 boats to avoid any mishaps at the Ghats.
  7. With security being one of the most crucial aspects of Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015, 18,000 police personnel will be deployed. About 458 CCTV cameras will be installed at all important junctions for constant surveillance of crowd and traffic.
  8. The government has decided to synchronize rail and road transport where buses will be readily available for those arriving through trains, without any waste of time.
  9. For accommodation of people, all the available spaces including schools, colleges, universities, hotels, resorts etc., are being booked. Temporary changing rooms and tents shall also be erected for the pilgrims.
  10. The Chief Minister also suggested an innovative way to accommodate people visiting Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015. He suggested that A/C sleeper buses be used for accommodating people. He also suggested that temporary washrooms be erected in the vicinity.
  11. With traffic set to increase on a massive scale during the 12 days of the event, a daily pollution monitoring and control mechanism shall be set in place.
  12. A variety of events are planned for the occasion including Food Festival, Cultural Dances, Arts, Photo Exhibition, Stalls selling items made by DWCRA groups. This would add entertainment to the religious experience of the pilgrims making the event a memorable one.
  13. Kuchipudi dance has been the main attraction of the cultural events organized by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Be it a girl or boy, Kuchipudi is an art that provides both fitness and mental relaxation.
  14. From crowdsourcing photos of the picturesque Godavari River on social media to holding concerts involving the film industry and famous artists from all fields, the event is geared to get discussed everywhere across the state and beyond.
  15. Tourism packages are tailor-made for Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015 visitors. The packages are are available from Vijayawada, Kakinada and Visakhapatnam for travel to Rajahmundry.
  16. Other tourist delights will include Sky Lantern Festival, Food Festival, Sand Art Show, Laser Shows, and Horticulture Exhibition.
  17. Purified water of Godavari river will be purified and sold at stalls to people in the same as Gangajal is bottled and sold during special occasions.
  18. For those interested in Annadanam or setting up of stalls at food festivals, the government will provide vegetables at subsidized rate so as to root out any shortfall of vegetables or spike in prices. Vegetables will be supplied through Mobile Rythu Bazars at regulated rates while milk and dairy products will also be made available.
  19. A marathon including national, international and local sports stars will begin in various villages and culminate into a massive congregation at the main ghat in Rajahmundry. Moreover, games and sports including Kabaddi, Volleyball, Athletics, Skating and Cycling will be conducted in schools and colleges in the region.
  20. For students, teachers and people taking part in the events during the 12 days of the Godavari Maha Pushkaram, a memento with the Maha Pushkaram logo will be presented to participants.

Apart from the above, systems for constant evaluation of public satisfaction and perennial monitoring are set up well in advance.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I didnot come acrsoss any ghat named after reputed persons, Sri Veeresalingam, His wife Smt Rajyalakshmi, Andhra Kesari T.Prakasam Pantulu, Rajarajanarendra, Kavithrayam,noted engineers Sir Mokshagundam Visweswarayya, Sri K.L.Rao, . Rajahmundry M.P. Sri Muralimohan naming one ghat as DEVANSH GHAT, by the name of grandson of A.P. C.M is highly deplorable.

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