With a week left for the beginning of Krishna Pushkaralu, the State police department is gearing up for the event by erecting watch towers and developing mobile phone applications. Deploying technology to ensure the safety of devotees and better crowd control, police officers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have developed mobile apps to make the lives of lakhs of devotees easier who are going for a holy dip during the 12-day river Krishna Pushkar’s commencing on August 12. More than 3 crore pilgrims are expected to take a dip in the river in the two states during the 12-day festival.
Krishna Pushkaralu App’s
The mobile apps are available in Google Play store and can be downloaded on Android mobile phones for free. the app covers details of all Pushkara Ghats in the district and their importance. (Recommended post: Telangana tourism special packages for Krishna pushkaralu 2016 )
Telangana krisP-Krishna Pushkaralu App:
In Telangana, Mahabubnagar district which has 52 bathing ghats, lakhs of people are expected to take the holy dip. In Nalgonda districts are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that it is safe. Already, they have released mobile apps ‘krisP-Krishna Pushkaralu-Mahabubnagar Police’ and ‘Nalgonda Krishna Pushkaralu 2016 App’. The android app was developed by a team of officers – D V Srinivasa Rao (Additional SP), Kalmesh Shingenavar, IPS, (ASP Shadnagar) and Ravindra Prasad (Circle Inspector of Amangal).
While Nalgonda police created a website exclusively with the same name, their counterparts in Mahabubnagar are using ‘e-Bandobust’, a separate mobile app for their internal utility. Both the apps have useful links and information about the Pushkar ghats, arrangements made by police and emergency contact numbers. This web-based application is used for planning and coordination and SMS-based coordination helps in communicating with the officers and personnel quickly. Duty Tickets are also communicated through SMS, helping the police personnel to know where to go and whom to report to. It has templates to manage specific events.
Security: Surveillance cameras would be installed at every Pushkar ghat. Over 360 cameras were already procured and being installed in this district. Some of them would be installed on the highways leading into Mahabubnagar.
Google navigation to all Ghats from all the district headquarters;
a) Details of all Pushkara Ghats in the district and their importance.
b) Google navigation to all Ghats from all the district headquarters. Guided navigation option is available by clicking on “Point B” which denotes destination point / Ghat location and provides navigation link on right hand lower corner on the screen.
c) Live updates about traffic and crowd at each Ghat.
d) Contact numbers of Police officers of all Pushkara Ghat areas.
e) Route map for traffic diversions on all the highways and other Pushkara Ghat roads in the district are available.
f) Dos and Don’ts to be followed by pilgrims at Pushkara ghats.
g) Dos and Don’ts to be followed on the road by the drivers and owners of the vehicles coming for Pushkaralu.
Andhra Pradesh Krishna Pushkar App:
Andhra Pradesh Information Technology Department and AP Police also launched a mobile app to provide information to devotees coming to take the holy dip at Vijayawada, and at various places in Krishna district. (Recommended: TDP Krishnamma App 2016 for Krishna Pushkaralu in AP & TS)
From route maps, information and updates about crowds at each ghat to emergency service numbers, traffic updates, hotel and transportation services, cultural events schedule, current location of the user on maps, SoS alert button, availability of priests to perform rituals, shlokas to be chanted during the bathing ritual, materials needed for puja, everything can be done on a smartphone.
If a person is unable to download the app, he can access a website krishnapushkaram.ap.gov.in.
Officials say crowd management and control and safety of devotees at the ghats is of great concern and the app will help citizens to know which places are overcrowded, which places to avoid due to traffic jams, and choose the right place for a better experience the pushkar happens once in 12 years only. At least seven mobile apps developed by various authorities for Krishna pushkar at Vijayawada are now available at Google play store.
“Devotees don’t have to run around looking for anything. All they have to do is download the app and search for whatever service or information a person is looking for..it is all there in the app with latest updates,” a tourism department official said.
The Indian Railways and Rail Ministry has also released an android app for Krishna Pushkaralu by 4G Labs and is on twitter RailMinIndia.
Conclusion: In this smart world, both the government provided Krishna Pushkaralu Apps for safety measurement for citizens. Currently, the application is only available for Google Andriod users. The team will be upgraded it to Windows & Apple IOS also before Krishna pushkaralu 2016 starts.