Police, NDRF warn againt using complex during Dasara
Cops warn of fire risk at Mahamandapam VIJAYAWADA, SEPT.15: Vijayawada city police and National Disaster Response Force have Warned of serious difficulties in evacuation of large number of pilgrims in case of any eventuality like stampede or a fire at the mahamandapam at the Goddess Kanakadurga temple atop Indrakeeladri.
Vijayawada joint commissioner of police P. Hari Kumar expressing concerns in a meet attended by a minister, Vijayawada MP Kesinemi Nani and bureaucrats of various departments on Thursday asked the eedowments department to defer the decision to use the mahamandapam as a trial during the upcoming Dasara festival from October 1.
The seven-storey mahamandapam has steep steps leading to the temple from Arjuna street from One Town.
It has elevators to carry aged and sick to the top. As it is likely to rain the steep steps of Mahamandapam could turn slippery, warned officials.
Mr Hari Kumar said “We are asking the official machinery to use the time tested procedure of using ghat road with queue lines for darshan of the devotees. If we want to put the mahamandapam to use, it can be done later after the festival during Bhavani Deeksha on trial basis but not now during heavy rush. We want to go with the existing process and NDRF too cautioned about this. The two elevators are often stuck. It is difficult for the aged and specially abled to climb up.
Mr Kesineni Nani said, “The mahamandapam has to be put to use. We are asking the police, temple authorities and fire department to con duct an inspection and use it instead of long queues on ghat roads,”
Politicians objected the move to increase the ticketrates for the Dasara.
Vijayawada Mayor Koneru Sridhar said the price of a Kumkumarchana ticket had been increased to Rs3,000 and could go up further. He said the prices should not be increased every year.
Traffic DCP Kanthi Rana Tata said after the main road was blocked due to construction of the flyover the congested Sitara Theatre junction was the entry into the city and it had to be redesigned.