During the nineday navratra festival starting from October 13, this time too, VIP passes have been banned, but the old practice of allowing IAS, IPS officers, chief minister and governor to pray inside the sanctum sanctorum of Mansa Devi temple will continue, while the public will pay obeisance from a distance.
Deputy commissioner (DC) Vivek Atray, during a press conference on Monday, said the practice was in place before him and will continue.
“Devotees offering prayers outside will not be affected due to those coming to offer prayers inside the sanctum sanctorum,” said Atray.
However, the DC also stated the practice of issuing VIP passes has been stopped. Earlier, about 10,000 passes used to be issued under the category and the VIP passes holders used to enter the temple from a separate gate, and even separate parking. Politicians, their supporters, heads of departments and even journalists used to be among the beneficiaries who used to get passes, which could be used during all nine days and were transferable too.
“The invitation cards have been issued to the CM, governor and other dignitaries, around 300 in number. But, no backdoor entry will be allowed. People with only flag cars will be allowed,” said DC.
The IAS/IPS officer could visit the temple during all navratras and will be escorted up to the sanctum sanctorum.
Facilities at temple complex
CM to inaugurate renovated Mundan Ghat and Sarovar on the temple complex. About Rs 1 crore have been spent on the facility, where three different places have been set up to shave heads of children. Though the construction on the facility is on, the DC assured it will be completed by the morning A strongroom and a huge counting room have been set up on the temple complex that will house 18 lockers. Till now, the gold and silver offered by the devotees was being stored in an unsafe manner as makeshift arrangement As many as 10-12 CCTV cameras to be installed in addition to the 32 existing cameras For senior citizens, special prasad packets will be given for free. About 30-40 volunteers from Nehru Yuva Kendra will be present to assist them. Tw o golf carts will also be made available.
Total 16 check-posts and three ACPs deputed along with inspectors and commandoes Three fire tenders and two ambulances also deployed; in case of any emergency, 10 beds at General Hospital, Sector 6, six beds at Manimajra Hospital, a bed at Mansa Devi dispensary and two beds at the sector 4 MDC dispensary will be available Water supply augmented with a new reservoir of 4 lakh litres; 10 water stand posts already working; 2 more toilet blocks added.