Watch towers, mobile apps for Krishna Pushkaralu

By: Marri Ramu
With a week left for the beginning of Krishna Pushkaralu, the State police department is gearing up for the event by erecting watch towers and developing mobile phone applications. In the backdrop of over two crore people likely to take a dip in the Krishna river during the 12-day mega event, the police of Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda districts are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that it is safe. Already, they have released mobile apps ‘krisP-Krishna Pushkaralu-Mahabubnagar Police’ and ‘Nalgonda Krishna Pushkaralu 2016’.

Both the mobile apps are available in Google Playstore and can be downloaded in Android mobile phones. While Nalgonda police created a website exclusively with the same name, their counterparts in Mahabubnagar are using ‘e-Bandobust’, a separate mobile app for their internal utility. Both the apps have useful links and information about the Pushkar ghats, arrangements made by police and emergency contact numbers. Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda SPs Rema Rajeshwari and N. Prakash Reddy had worked on the arrangements nearly for past two months, coordinating with departments of irrigation, electricity, fire services and fisheries. “Instead of Mahabubnagar district headquarters, we chose to set up an Integrated Control Room in Beechupalli where most people are likely to come for dip in the river,” said Ms. Rajeshwari.

She would oversee Pushkaralu from this control room along with officials of other wings. There would be sub-control rooms at other Pushkar Ghats with DSP rank officers. Surveillance cameras would be installed at every Pushkar ghat. Over 360 cameras were already procured and being installed in this district. Some of them would be installed on the highways leading into Mahabubnagar.

Source: The Hindu