Chandigarh, July 22 – Haryana Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora said that the all arrangements have been ensured to facilitate Kanwarias and ensure a safe and comfortable yatra for devotees in the state.

Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora directed all the Deputy Commissioners and Police Officers to arrange police patrolling vehicles and ambulances on every 10 to 15 kms for the Kanwar yatra which will continue till July 30. Apart from this, arrangement of 24 hours emergency services should be made available in the hospitals for the convenience of the devotees.

Mrs Arora was presiding over meeting with all the Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers through video conferencing here today. In the meeting, arrangements for Kanwar Yatra, the preparations of the 550th Prakash Parv Samaroh and the Jal Shakti Abhiyan were reviewed.

She directed the concerned officials to ensure proper traffic management during the Kanwar yatra along with finalizing the route of their journey. Extensive patrolling should be carried out on all the routes to be used by the Kanwars. The officers have been directed to depute a police officer as a Nodal Officer for maintaining law and order, a Medical Officer as Nodal Officer for medical related works and a Nodal Officer for all other works in their respective districts. She also directed to make available additional police forces in the respective districts and ordered to ensure proper arrangements of security and smooth traffic arrangements on the routes of devotees, divert traffic on alternate routes when required and necessary arrangements during night.

She said that while making better coordination, interaction would be held with police officers of Uttarakhand and neighbouring states so that safe routes could be arranged for the Kanwars of the state and also for those passing through state. She also directed that in order to avoid traffic jams, the camps or parking spaces should be kept away from the main roads to maintain proper security. She said that adequate arrangements should be made for the safety of the female kanwars. During the journey, all officers should make fire safety arrangements, law and order, medical facilities and water supply. Similarly, other arrangement should also be made in view of the rainy season.

Director General of Police, Mr. Manoj Yadava said that adequate security arrangements have been made in the state. As many as 4,000 policemen receiving training from Haryana Police Academy have been deployed. 250 additional policemen each have been deputed in every district and the vehicles are being checked.

While reviewing the preparations for the 550th Prakash Parv of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji to be held in Sirsa on August 4, Mrs. Arora said that arrangements of buses have been made by the government for the devotees coming from all the districts. She directed the concerned officials to assess actual number of buses and the number of devotees, and send the report by July 30 so that all arrangements could be completed at the district level. She said that a special line should be arranged on toll plazas for all the vehicles coming to the function and the police personnel should also be present on toll plazas so that devotees may not face any inconvenience.

Giving the details of the function, Director General, Information, Public Relations and Languages Department, Mr. Sameer Pal Srow said that the function will be organised for two days. On August 3, Shabad Kirtan and light and sound show based on the life of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji will be held in Tau Devi Lal University. Light and sound show will also be organized on August 4, 2019.

While reviewing the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, Mrs Arora directed to speed up the work being done under the campaign. She directed the Deputy Commissioners to appoint a Nodal Officer, who would upload on portal the details of all the work done by all the departments so that coordination between the departments could be established.

Others present in the meeting included Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Mrs. Navraj Sandhu, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Mr. S.S. Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Works (Building and Roads) Department, Mr. Alok Nigam, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Mr. Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department, Mr. T.V.S.N. Prasad, Principal Secretary, Development and Panchayats Department, Mr. Sudhir Rajpal, Principal Secretary, Irrigation Department, Mr. Anurag Rastogi and other senior officers.