Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the state administration and police to strengthen security and amenities in temples across the state, including in Ayodhya, ahead of the Basant Navratri and Ram Navami festivals.
“Security arrangments at all levels must be up to the mark and the police must watch out of anti-social elements,” he said.
The CM’s twitter handle said he has also directed administrative officials to ensure necessary amenities for pilgrims visiting all the Shaktipeeths during the festival that begins on March 28.
A government press release issued on Tuesday evening said Adityanath warned officials that no laxity will be tolerated in arrangements.
“Emphasis has also been laid on traffic management, so that devotees do not face any problems in reaching the temples. Besides, directives have also been issued to erect appropriate barricades for crowd control,” the release said.
“The CM is of the view that a large number of tourists, both from the country and abroad, visit Ayodhya on the occasion of Ram Navami. It is imperative to provide qualitative public convenience facilities, while making adequate security arrangements,” it added.
Adityanath also said a team of doctors should be ready to attend to any exigency.
Earlier, UP cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma told reporters, “The security apparatus of all the temples, Shaktipeeths and Devalayas will be strengthened and their overall security enhanced.”
Sharma also said the state government would make available all basic and infrastructural facilities, including provision of safe drinking water, electricity, cleanliness and sanitation, to pilgrims.
(With inputs from PTI)