Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Odisha wants 'No Flying Zone' for Puri during Rath Yatra

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha police will seek permission from the Centre to declare Puri and its periphery as 'No Flying Zone' during the Rath Jatra of Lord Jagannath, an official said.

This was decided yesterday at a co-ordination meeting, presided over by Odisha DGP R P Sharma, on the Rath Jatra on July 14 at Puri.

"It was decided to seek permission from the Centre to declare Puri town and its periphery as No Flying Zone during the festival. The Director of the Biju Patnaik International Airport and the Director of Civil Aviation have said that they will pursue the matter," he said.

The state's senior police personnel, officers of the central government, security agencies like the CRPF, the BSF, the NSG, the RPF, the Coast Guard, the Air Port Authorities of India, the Indian Navy and the IB also attended the meeting.

While a threadbare discussion was held relating to the security arrangement for smooth conduct of the festival, the central agencies expressed desires to extend their support to provide sufficient number of manpower and equipment to supplement the security.

While the Coast Guard has agreed for adequate sea patrolling off the coast of Puri, the RPF offered to ensure adequate security at Puri and Bhubaneswar railway stations and dissemination of information to passengers on timings of different trains.
06/06/18 PTI/New Indian Express