AGARTALA: With the end of Durga Puja festival, Tripura is preparing for grand Diwali celebrations on November 7 and naturally the 500-year-old Tripuraswari temple in Udaipur is going to be the main centre of all attractions.
Pranajit Singha Roy, Minister for Transport and Tourism, on Sunday held a meeting in the conference hall of the Gomati District Magistrate office and reviewed the preparation as the state government is planning to make Diwali a major event in the State to attract tourists.
MLA Biplab Kumar Ghosh and senior officials including the district magistrate attended the meeting that examined all pros and corns for making the event a successful one.
The Minister said the meeting has decided to request the Minister for Railways to run four special trains on the day so that tourists and devotees from different parts of the State and outside can offer puja and enjoy the event.
A special 'Yagna' organized where the 'sants' from different parts of the country will participate would be an additional attraction for the devotees coming from various places.
The Palatana-based ONGC-Tripura Power Corporation has agreed to undertake the responsibility of lighting the temple and the Mela ground which will be an additional attraction to the tourists.
The Minister said altogether 1,400 shops will be opened in the mela and the process for distribution of stalls will begin from Friday next when coupons will be distributed to the intending traders which will cost Rs 50.
On previous occasions, there were lots of allegations of corruption and nepotism regarding the distribution of stalls. The Minister said some additional steps have been taken to ensure prevention of such things. The meeting has also decided to engage volunteers for the 'Diwali Mela' from the members of the clubs who displayed good discipline during the recently concluded Durga Puja. The meeting also requested various departments to identify vacant accommodations in their residential complexes, so that, the tourists from outside can be accommodated.