Traffic restricted; Free bus facility from Lalitha Mahal Helipad from 2 am to 8.30 pm; Passes for vehicles; Battery-operated vehicles for Specially-abled
Mysuru: With hundreds of thousands of devotees expected to visit Chamundi Hill on Ashada Fridays — July 5, 12, 19 and 26 and also for Chamundeshwari Janmothsava on July 24, the City Police have issued guidelines and advisory for the public.
The Police have made elaborate security arrangements at Chamundi Hill, deploying 8 ACPs, 31 Police Inspectors, 28 PSIs, 124 ASIs, 806 Police Constables, 160 Women Police and 174 Home Guards, who work in three shifts from 11 pm on Thursdays, preceding Ashada Fridays, till 11 pm on Fridays.
Also Commando Force, Mounted Police, 8 CAR and 4 KSRP battalions, 4 Ambulances, 4 Fire Engines, 2 Interceptor vehicles, a Mobile Command Centre vehicle and Garuda Patrol vehicles too will be commissioned for security duty.
The Police in mufti will keep a close watch on criminals, as there are possibilities of chain-snatchers, pick-pocketers and other offenders arriving at the Hill to carry-out crimes.
Helpline and CCTVs
An exclusive Helpline, lighting arrangements and CCTV cameras have been installed at Chamundi Temple atop the Hill. Security arrangements, toilets, medical facilities, lighting and drinking water facility have been provided at the makeshift bus stand near Lalitha Mahal Helipad.
Free bus facility 8.30 pm
Mysuru City Police Commissioner K.T. Balakrishna has imposed certain restrictions on vehicles plying to Chamundi Hill on Ashada Fridays for ensuring smooth traffic flow and public safety. The restrictions are as follows:
As in the past, the devotees are required to park their vehicles at the parking facility near Lalitha Mahal Helipad and board buses deployed by KSRTC for ferrying devotees to the Hill free of cost. The bus service starts as early at 2 am on all Ashada Fridays. KSRTC bus services to the Hill will come to an end at 8.30 pm (return trip at 10 pm) on all the four Ashada Fridays.
Passes for vehicles
Vehicles carrying Prasada to the Hill must have passes issued by the District Administration. Prasada must be distributed only at the specified time and Prasada vehicles arriving early or coming late will not be allowed. Also, the distribution of Prasada to the devotees will be allowed only after a check by the health authorities.
Any Departmental vehicle (inclusive of Police Department) who want to travel to the Hill on official duty, have to get vehicle passes in advance from the Office of the City Police Commissioner.
Government vehicles and Police vehicles arriving for bandobust duties are mandated to park at the parking slot near Devikere.
VVIP, VIP vehicles travelling to the Hilltop must obtain passes from the Office of the City Police Commissioner. Such vehicles have to be parked at slots 2 and 3. Also, movement of all types of vehicles has been banned on the stretch from Mahishasura Statue to Chamundeshwari temple.
Media vehicles going to the Hill for coverage are required to get passes in advance from the Office of the City Police Commissioner, by applying through the Information Department.
No vehicle will be allowed to travel to the Hill after 10 pm on every Thursday, preceding the Ashada Fridays.
However, residents atop the Hill have to get passes after submitting required documents at the Chamundi Hill Gram Panchayat Office.
Specially-abled and aged persons visiting the Hill will be ferried in battery-operated vehicles from Mahishasura Statue to the temple.
KSRTC buses plying to the Hill must take Lalitha Mahal Road junction-Lalithadripura Road-IVAC Road route to the Hill.
KSRTC buses plying from Chamundi Hill to the Helipad must take Tavarekatte-JC Layout Junction route to reach Helipad bus stand. General KSRTC City buses starting from City Bus Stand must take Kurubarahalli Circle-KC Layout junction-Lalithadripura Road-IVAC Road route to reach the Hill.
Devotees who wish to climb the steps to the Hill, must park their vehicles at the ground in front of the Pinjarapole.
To and fro vehicular traffic to the Hill from Uttanahalli Road side has been completely banned. All vehicle drivers and riders to the Hill coming from Uttanahalli Road side are required to park their vehicles at the spot specified by the Police and take KSRTC buses to reach the Hill temple.