Bhubaneswar: All the counting halls in Odisha will be air-conditioned for the first time, said Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar on Tuesday.
Kumar said as the counting staff has to sit for around 14-15 hours together in the prevailing heat wave, the counting should not suffer because of bad temperature.
Therefore, attempt is being made to provide air-conditioning facilities at all the 152 counting halls. It is expected that 99 per cent of the halls will be air-conditioned.
All district Collectors have been instructed for the said purpose. Power backup systems including heavy-duty generators which can operate air-conditioners are being arranged.