Confident Of Smooth Rath _Odisha Chief Secy_Y

Puri: The administrative machinery is fully geared to hold a smooth and peaceful Rath Yatra without participation of devotees amidst the COVID pandemic, informed Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy.

“I am confident that Rath Yatra will be conducted smoothly tomorrow without devotees with strict adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines,” said Tripathy briefing reporters here.

“All the related departments are fully prepared.  All directions of the Supreme Court will be fully complied with,” he added.

Tripathy while informing that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will be holding a review meeting at 5 PM appealed to the people to strictly adhere to restrictions as and when imposed by the district administration.

Tripathy and DGP Abhay have rushed to Puri following orders of the Chief Minister to take stock of the situation.

The Chief Secretary reviewed the preparedness for Ratha Yatra in which DG Police, Chief Administrator Shree Jagannath Temple Administration, sevayats (temple servitors) along with all the concerned participated.

Asit Kumar Tripathy, Chief Secretary, Odisha