Odisha Wants Puri To Be Declared 'No Flying Zone' During Rath Yatra

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Bhubaneswar: The Air Traffic Control (ATC) of the Air Port Authorities of India have been requested to declare air space up to 11,000 feet over Puri town and its periphery as no-flying zone during the Rath Yatra, informed DGP RP Sharma after chairing the inter-agency coordination meet held at his camp office in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.

Sharma also informed that they are getting two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) from headquarters of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and have requested the National Security Guard (NSG) to keep their detachment ready at their hub in Hyderabad.

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is mobilising additional manpower for proper regulation of passengers at Puri and Bhubaneswar railway stations. They will work in coordination with Government Railway Police (GRP) and local police.

Primary responsibility of coastal security will be taken up by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard. The marine police of Odisha Police will work with close coordination with them to see that the coasts are properly secured and no strangers or suspicious characters have any chance of infiltration.

Elaborate arrangements of life guards and ambulances at sea beach are being made for safety of people taking bath in the sea. Besides local support, help has been sought from Indian Navy and Coast Guard for this purpose.

The meeting was attended by State's senior police personnel, officers of the central government, security agencies like the CRPF, the BSF, the NSG, the RPF, the Coast Guard, the Air Port Authorities of India, the Indian Navy and the IB.

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RP Sharma, DGP, Odisha