Suryapet: Arrangements for Sri Lingamanthula Swamy Jatara, also called Peddagattu jatara and Gollagattu jatara, have been put on fast-track at Durajpally of Chivvemla village in the district.
The State government released Rs 1.29 crore in December, 2016 for making arrangements to the five-day jatara. In addition, Rs 1.70 core, which was not spent from the fund released in 2015, is available with the district administration to make elaborate arrangements for the jatara, which is conducted every two years. The officials are expecting more than 30 lakh people to arrive at Peddagattu to attend the jatara.
Keeping this in mind, the district administration is making foolproof arrangements to avoid any inconvenience to devotees at the jatara venue.
Permanent and temporary structures for setting up lights and electric lines is being taken up by Electricity Department at Lingamanthula Swamy Temple with an estimated cost of Rs 7.20 lakh.
Rural Water Supply (RWS) Department has also taken up works of repairing bore wells, submersible pump sets, setting up of drinking water taps around Peddagattu hillock, where the devotees would stay during the jatara.
As Peddagattu is surrounded by agricultural fields, 22.5 acres of land has been temporarily acquired from the farmers by paying Rs 25,000 per acre to provide shelters for devotees.
Works on setting up of 80 water taps around the area are under progress. Toilets are being set up for the convenience of people. Changing rooms are being set up for women.
Speaking to Telangana Today, in-charge executive officer of Sri Lingamanthula Swamy Temple Kushalaiah said that beautification of temple pond (koneru), which was developed with an estimated cost of Rs 30 lakh, was taken up by developing greenery around it. Taps for shower baths would also be set up at the koneru for the convenience of elder devotees.
“RWS Department will set up an RO plant on the hillock and surrounding area to supply safe drinking water to the devotees. In addition, the temple authorities will supply water packets to the people free of cost,” he said.
Arrangements for the jatara would be completed much before commencement of the event, he added. After completion of the jatara, construction of guest house and residences for priests would be taken up, he added.
The district police are also gearing up to provide tight security at the venue and has set up a tower on Peddagattu for wireless communicatio