Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday reviewed the preparations for the 'Adhikar Rally' scheduled for November 4 at Patna Gandhi Maidan, but had a shock to find a dais made for MLAs and MPs crumbling right before his eyes. Luckily, there were not many people on the podium and hence no casualty.
Contractor Sant Lal was immediately summoned and asked to get the dais ready and tested for the load it could bear. A smiling chief minister, who was there for over an hour, walked through the entire length and breadth of the venue. Visiting the proposed media gallery, he exclaimed: "Barricade it well with iron nets, because it will have to bear maximum pressure".
He was accompanied by state JD(U) president Vashisht Narain Singh, water resources minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary, Rajya Sabha MP RCP Sinha and a host of other leaders and officials. Kumar said, there would be no chairs for the crowd. "Only the Press gallery will have chairs. When you people fling chairs, at least I will have reason for a query," he said affably, raising a laugh.
He asked the contractors to ensure, that the sound system worked well, so that people sitting in the farthest corners could hear properly. "Check the sound system today itself," he added. The venue will have 750 loudspeakers and 22 LCD screens for the convenience of the crowd, which is expected to be huge.
In one corner of the Gandhi Maidan, arrangements have been made for stay of 30,000 persons coming in on trains. "They don't have to wander about in the city. Adequate care will be taken of all those coming to the rally. I am here just to review the preparations and give certain suggestions," the CM said.
The main podium, 150 feet long and 40 feet wide, will have 400 chairs for the top leaders. The Gandhi Maidan will also have a control room to monitor the situation regularly. There will be 25 teams of doctors - each having four to five doctors - at the venue. Besides, there will be several ambulances. The entire venue will be under constant surveillance of CCTVs, which will be installed at various strategic points.
When asked to guess the crowd strength, the chief minister said he was not the kind to calculate that. The demand for special category is universal and every citizen wants it for rapid growth of the state. They also fully understand, why it is important for a state like Bihar," he added.
Since moring, a series of meetings were held under chief secretary, home secretary, DGP and principal secretary to the chief minister for reviewing the preparations.