Puri beach will have over 300 lifeguards on duty during Rath Yatra.

Puri district administration has deployed 300 trained lifeguards on the beach . 12-15 people drown in the Puri sea every year during the festival .

Bhubaneswar: To minimize the likelihood of drowning during the Rath Yatra, the Puri district administration has deployed 300 trained lifeguards on the beach.According to unethnic reports, 12-15 people drown in the Puri sea every year during the festival.Though the beach is guarded by at least 80 lifeguards at any given moment, the government has enlisted 300 more to ensure the safety of tourists who will throng the seashore after participating in the Rath Yatra.Their operation will be charged by the state tourism department.

We have offered them a tourism orientation training course at the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) here.According to Pradhan, they have been trained the basic etiquettes of dealing with tourists and responding to emergencies.A special yellow-colour uniform has been designed for the lifeguards so that the visitors can easily distinguish them.They will be deployed along the 5km beach from Chakratirtha Road up to Baliapanda.

Although visitors were forbidden from attending the Rath in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, three tourists drowned in 2019.Guests are urged to seek the help of lifeguards by Puri hotels, according to the department.In a related development, the Puri police have recruited hundreds of local men to assist the cops in controlling police activity and movement of devotees.We call them Sahi (street) volunteers, who will be stationed at specific locations to help our staff organize the crowd and simplify transportation.

Singh said that the festival's smooth operation relies on the local participation and cooperation.