Ujjain: Stage set for Lord Mahakal’s royal procession today

Ujjain: The city is all geared up for the last procession (Shahi Sawari) of Lord Mahakal on Monday. City administration and civic authorities have reviewed preparations in meetings and inspected procession routes. They have also issued a list of instructions for front line officers along with do’s and don’ts to ensure success of the event.

People’s representatives, including energy minister Paras Jain, Mayor Meena Jonwal and MLA Mohan Yadav, along with divisional commissioner MB Ojha, IG Rakesh Gupta, DIG Raman Singh Sikarwar, collector Manish Singh, SP Sachin Atulkar, municipal commissioner Pratibha Pal, Zila Panchayat CEO Sendeep GR and Mahakaleshwar Temple Management Committee administrator Abhishek Dubey inspected the procession route on Sunday evening and took stock of preparation.

Paras Jain along with aforesaid members took a round of Gudri Chouraha, Ramanujkot, Danigate, Dhaba Road, Teliwada, Satigate, Gopal Mandir and Patni Bazaar and issued directives to officers regarding safety and security during procession.

Directives like cleanliness, barricading on both sides, electricity lines, covering of transformers, ensuring that citizens do not overburden terraces of houses, and special precaution to week and crumbling houses on procession route were issued along with several major and minor issues were highlighted by authorities. Electricity department, health and public works departments and Ujjain Municipal Corporation officers were directed to be ready for sudden contingency.

Divisional Commissioner MB OJha asked officers about location of ambulances for special protection and also directed that additional ambulance be stationed at Teliwada Square. He asked officials to put mobile phones on vibrate mode so that they respond to call.

Collector Manish Singh asked members to make special arrangements of Life Saving Drugs in ambulances and directed ambulance to remain stationed at designated place till 11 pm. SP Sachin Atulkar asked forest officials to place specialists with tranquilizer gun behind elephants, so that they can be neutralized in case of contingency, during the procession.

Ban on banana as prasad

It has been seen that banana causes serious injuries to citizens as it is often discarded on road. It often causes problem to people. So divisional commissioner MB Ojha has urged citizens not to distribute banana as prasad during royal procession.

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