As the Andhra Pradesh prepares for the 12-day Krishna Pushkaralu which begins on August 12, Water resources minister D Umamaheswara Rao on Saturday said that all necessary arrangements are being made.
The New Indian Express reported:
Nearly 2.06 tmc ft of water is being stored in the Pulichintala project as reserve. It will be released should the bathing ghats along the Krishna river run dry during the 12-day festival. Around Rs 8 crore has been spent by the state government to refurbish the Tummalapalli Kalakshetram with modern facilities to host cultural events during the Pushkarams. The minister said development works near the Krishna-Godavari Sangamam at Ferry in Ibrahimpatnam are going on at a brisk pace.
In a first, the Andhra Pradesh police will also use drones to help them with surveillance.
'Krishna Pushkaralu' is a festival of River Krishna which normally occurs once in 12 years. The event is observed for a period of 12 days from the time of entry of Jupiter into Virgo.
This year, the festival, which attracts lakhs of devotees from all over Andhra Pradesh and other states, will be held between August 12 to 24 in Krishna, Guntur and Kurnool districts.