Rajahmundry: Municipal authorities are making all necessary arrangements for the nearly two lakh devotees expected to take a holy dip in the Godavari and perform rituals on the eve of Mahasivaratri. Municipal commissioner Sumit Kumar Gandhi reviewed the arrangements with the civic authorities here on Saturday.
Mr Gandhi directed them to maintain proper sanitation at all important bathing ghats like Kotilingala, New Pushkar, Markendeya, Saraswathi and Gautami along the course of the river in the city. He also directed them to take up chlorination at the edges of the ghats to avoid pollution of the river.
He said that they were setting up health centres at the ghats by deploying medical officers and health staff. The staff will act based on the need.
Mr Gandhi said that as the ban on usage of plastic material was in force, no one would be allowed to use plastic containers to distribute ‘prasadam’ to the devotees. He directed the civic officials to set up dress changing rooms for women, drinking water facility, lighting, public toilets and other amenities for the benefit of devotees. The commissioner asked for deployment of boats near the bathing ghats as a precautionary measure.