The stage is set for Alappuzha's biggest water regatta, the Nehru Trophy boat race. This year 78 boats in different categories will take part in the competition. The officials say that all arrangements have been completed for the race. Here's a look at what you need to know before you go.
Chief minister Pinayari Vijayan will inaugurate the historic 65th Nehru Trophy Boat Race at the Nehru Pavilion at 2 p.m. He would also hoist the boat race flag after paying tribute at the statue of our former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
78 boats including 24 snake boats will take part in the competition. 20 snake boats will participate in the race, while four will participate only for the exhibition race. Competition will be held for smaller boats like the Iruttukuthi, the Veppu, Churulan, and the Thekkanodi. The heets for small boats will begin from 11 am.
Around 2000 police personnel would be deployed in and around Punnamada for security and traffic duties. The area would be secured by the police from 6 am onwards. 40 police boats would be patrolling in the lake to ensure the safety of the spectators and the event. Barricades would be erected on the north side of the dock in Punnamada lake to restrict other boats from entering the race track. Shadow police would be roaming around in the crowd to prevent pick pocketing, chain snatching and other anti social activities in and around Punnamada. Those who try to swim on the tracks during the race would be arrested and removed immediately.
You can use your entry pass just once
People without the entry passes would not be allowed in the pavilions. Measures have been taken to stop the trespassers who enter the pavilions and forcefully take up the already reserved seats. Nobody would be allowed near the pavilion from 6 am without showing the entry passes. The spectators who leave the pavilion in between will not be allowed inside again. Special boats have been arranged by the water transport department to take people back from the pavilions after the boat race. Loud speakers are also banned after 8 am.
Be there before 10 am
Those who come by boat should reach the place before 10 am itself. Boat services from DTPC Jetty to the Punnamada lake and back would be restricted after 10 am. The spectators in the gallery and on the either banks of the lake are advised against throwing plastic bottles and other materials into the race track.
Traffic restrictions in town
There will be traffic restrictions in Alappuzha town from 9 am. Vehicles cannot be parked on either side of the road from the morning. Traffic won’t be allowed between north of District Court and the Thathampally Lake Kurishadi from 7 am to 7 pm. Only KSRTC buses will be allowed to ply. Vehicles coming from Thanneermukkam road should park at the SDV school ground.
Need to know
There are no eatouts near the venue. And once you are inside the pavilions, you will not be able to get out. Pack your snacks, and be careful not to leave garbage behind.