The 2015 Godavari Mahapushkaralu will commence exactly a month from tomorrow. There is a lot of anticipation surrounding the 12 day event from millions of pilgrims who wait for years to have a holy dip in the pristine waters of the river Godavari and complete important rituals during this time.
The government of Andhra Pradesh have taken some great measures this time along with making value added logistical arrangements for the comfort of the devotees and smooth proceedings of the event.
This year’s grandiose Pushkaralu will be indeed unique, because of the below reasons.
15 Reasons Why Godavari Maha Pushkarams 2015 Will Be Unique
1. Effective Trash Management
Over 15,000 sanitation workers have been hired to be deputed at different places of the venue. Frequent monitoring and cleaning activities will be operational. Close to 15,000 trash cans in red and blue colors will be placed at various points to separate both dry and wet waste. The management will ensure the daily cleaning of drains, collection and disposal of solid waste throughout the event.
The team of Municipal administration department has earmarked areas for sanitation workers and rotate them. “Hourly updates from sanitation workers and supervisors have to make it to the database of the central control room,” the Chief Minister explained.
2. Streamlined Medical Camps
Medical camps will be set up in place to meet the emergencies promptly. Three categories of personnel have being deployed, categorised into A (three shifts at main ghats), B (two shifts at ghats with medium population) and C (one shift at rural ghats in villages). “Referral units, PHCs and CHCs have been intimated to stock up medicines supplies and serve people in need,” officials informed the Chief Minister.
3. Swimmers and Fire Services For Rescue purposes
In case of any mishaps near the ghats, over 3,500 swimmers and 871 boats will be deployed apart from having fire services in place.
4. Robust Security
As many as 18,000 police personnel planned to be appointed and stationed for tight security measures. About 458 CCTV cameras will be installed at important junctions apart. A constant surveillance of crowd and traffic will be actively in place.
5. Active Road and Rail Transport
The government has synchronized rail and road transport to the venue where buses will be readily available for those arriving through trains, without any waste of time.
6. Special Accommodation Facilities
Special accommodation will be provided at all the available spaces, including schools, colleges, universities, hotels, resorts, etc are being booked. Temporary changing rooms and tents have been planned for the people on Ghats.
Plans are also on to have sleeper a/c buses to accommodate people, which could be a good idea.
7. Pollution Monitoring Mechanism
With an anticipation of traffic increasing on a massive scale during the 12 days of the event, the Chief Minister has sought a pollution monitoring and control mechanism on a daily basis.
8. Special Telecast With LED Screens and WiFi
24 LED screens will telecast Pushkaram-related programs continuously, and will be put up at various centers. BSNL is also working on setting up free Wifi hotspots with 5G connectivity at various locations including bus stops.
9. Special ID Card For Priests
Select head priests have been identified for performing the Pujas and will be given identity cards. Ghats will also have separate sheds for them.
10. Exclusive Art and Cultural Fest
Activities like food festival, discussions, debates, Kuchipudi and local arts performance, photo exhibition stalls selling DWCRA groups’ products and several other events planned to be held at one place. This will attract people to the place and generate economic activity.
From crowd sourcing photos of the picturesque Godavari River on social media to holding concerts involving the film industry and famous artists from all fields, the Chief Minister said that the event has to be discussed everywhere across the state. Sky lantern festival, food festival every day in Rajahmundry, laser shows, sand art show, sound and light shows will be the key highlights.
11. Tailor Made Tourism Packages
Tailor made tourism packages have been designed, keeping Godavari Pushkarams in mind. Special Vijayawada to Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam to Rajahmundry packages have been designed.
12. Trademark Godavari Purified Water
“Godavari’s purified water” will be bottled and sold at stalls to people in the same way as Gangajal.
13. Vegetables at Subsidized Costs for Annadanam
For the devotees interested in Annadanam or setting up stalls at food festivals, the government will provide vegetables at subsidized rate to meet any shortfall of vegetables. Vegetables will be supplied through Mobile Rythu Bazars at regulated rates while milk and dairy products will also be made available.
14. Marathon Event
A grand marathon including national, international, local sports stars will begin in various villages and culminate into a massive congregation at the main ghat in Rajahmundry. Games are planned to be held in 112 Mandals. Games like Kabaddi, Volleyball, Athletics, Skating, Cycling will be held.
15. Memento with Pushkaram Logo
For participants in students, teachers and people, who will take an active part in the events during the 12 days of Pushkarams, a memento with Pushkarams logo will be presented to the participants divided into three categories.