Jamshedpur : Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary has decided to make elaborate safety arrangements this Shivratri. The 8 km route from Fadlugora to the Shiv temple on top the hills, will be lighted up. The devotees started marching towards the temple from today night. All visitors will be frisked at both Fadlugora and Makulakocha. The devotees will have to pass through metal detectors. They will not be allowed to carry matchsticks, tyres, firearms and other inflammable items. Dalma range officer Mangal Kacchap said two generator sets have been requisitioned to temporarily install lights on the route.
Shivratri fetches revenues for Ranchi wildlife division, which looks after the Dalma reserve. Devotees are charged Rs 2 each for visiting the temple. There are separate charges for vehicles.Over 50,000 devotees, mostly from steel city Jamshedpur, Chandil, Ghatshila and surrounding areas, and villages dotting the NH-33, on the auspicious occasion participate in it. CFL bulbs will be used along the stretch.
Foresters and trackers (village youths who are roped in on a daily wage basis), with torches in hands, will keep vigil at the entry points and also the temple. “We will depute 40 trackers on the Fadlugora route and 60 for Makulakocha,” a forester said.