Manalpuram ready to host Sivaratri : 900 Seva Bharathi volunteers

Kochi: Aluva is all decked up and ready to welcome devotees for the Sivaratri festival on Sunday. The Aluva Manalpuram (sand bed) is ready to host the event with over 100 balitharas auctioned off and over 150 more up for grabs.
Over 4 lakh devotees are expected to turn up for the event. The work on the temporary bridge across Periyar is nearing completion.
Travel on the bridge will be toll-free from  Sunday, till Monday noon. However, there will be a toll charge of Rs 5 for one direction after that, said a municipality official. The bridge will be in place till March 31.
For the occasion, a posse of 750 policemen will be deployed at Aluva and a seven-member Navy divers’ team will be on guard. KSRTC has set up a special bus stand and will operate special services. Seva Bharathi has promised 900 volunteers while the Aluva Municipality has set up a special office at Manalpuram. Allopathy, ayurveda and homeopathy units and ambulances are also ready to give medical assistance.

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