Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Oct 7:
Ahead of the Nabakalebara festival in Puri next year, the Odisha government on Monday reviewed security arrangements in and around Shri Jagannath temple.
The issue was discussed at a review meeting presided over by additional chief secretary, Home, UN Behera.
It was decided in the meeting that high-powered spy cameras would be installed at the strategic places to keep strict vigil inside the temple,
It may be mentioned that the IG, Intelligence, Soumendra Priyadarshi, during his visit to the temple last month had recommended the installation of 32 high-powered CCTV cameras inside the temple.
At present 16 CCTV units have been installed inside the temple, of which 14 have been activated. It was decided to upgrade the functionalities of these CCTVs.
The additional chief secretary also discussed about the financial requirement for infrastructure development of traffic network, parking places and mobile toilets before the festival.
Prior to the review meeting, Behera had a meeting with the chief administrator of Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Dr Arabinda Padhee, Puri collector Arvind Agrawal and SP Ashish Kumar Singh.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Dr Padhee said 32 high-powered CCTV cameras would be installed inside the temple and that the SJTA has written to the CMD of Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporation to facilitate the matter.
He said that the SJTA would bear the expenses towards installation of CCTVs while the temple administration, Puri collector and SP would decide the location of these CCTVs.
The meeting also discussed the arrangements for mobile toilets along the Grand Road (Bada Danda) and the beach area, parking facilities during Nabakalebara and setting up of traffic posts at Konark and Chandrabhaga.
Later, the additional chief secretary went inside the temple along with the senior SJTA and district officials and took stock of security arrangements.