Odisha seeks permit for 'No Flying Zone' in Puri during Jagannath Rath Yatra festival

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

 Odisha seeks permit for No Flying Zone in Puri during Jagannath Rath Yatra festival

File image of Jagannath Rath Yatra. Reuters

This was decided yesterday at a co-ordination meeting, presided over by Odisha DGP R P Sharma, on the Rath Yatra on 14 July 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 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Border Security Force (BSF), the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the Railway Protection Force (RPF), the Coast Guard, the Airports Authority of India, the Indian Navy and the Inspection Bureau (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 their 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.

As decided in the meeting sufficient number of CCTV cameras will be installed by the RPF in the Puri railway station during this mega festival, the official said.

Senior officers of the CRPF and the BSF also expressed their co-operation to prevent any subversive act by extremist groups, he said.

A team of the NSG is likely to camp at Puri to meet any emergency during the festival, the official said adding that sufficient number of personnel from NDRF would also be deployed to act in any crisis situation.

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Updated Date: Jun 06, 2018 12:07:47 IST