Vijayawada: Five years and over 200 events later, the Indira Gandhi Municipal stadium here will play host to the swearing in ceremony of Andhra Pradesh CM-designate Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on May 30, but officials are in a race against time to accommodate the large number of people expected for it.

A large number of YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) supporters from all 13 districts of the state are expected to throng the venue that day. A senior YSRCP functionary said the stadium, which can accommodate only 25,000 people in the gallery, was chosen out of sentiment.

"Y S R (YS Jagan's father Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy) also took the oath at a stadium in Hyderabad. Security is also a reason for choosing this venue," he said, adding that party leaders have been advised not to bring too many people.

Krishna District Collector A Md Imtiyaz said that extensive arrangements have been made to accommodate around 40,000 people in the cricket stadium, including the ground."To avoid over-crowding at the stadium, provisions for live-streaming of the event through LED TVs at important locations of the city would also be made," he said.

Traffic arrangements without affecting normal life would be put in place, while provisions for drinking water, fans and air coolers would also be made, he added.

Vijayawada Police Commissioner Dwaraka Tirumala Rao said common people would be allowed till the venue is full, after which entry would be restricted. Situated adjacent to a hillock, the 25,000-seater stadium hosted a One Day International between India and the West Indies in 2002.

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Workers at the stadium maintained that staircases leading to galleries had worn-out, upper balconies did not have shade and people have to sit on concrete slabs. However, one of the organisers said arrangements would be made for those sitting in the upper balcony of the gallery to have some shade and added that the ceremony would be held without hiccups just like how over 200 events were hosted in the last five years.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekar Rao, besides party MLAs, MPs and dignitaries from neighbouring states would attend the ceremony, according to the district administration. YS Jagan also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the event when he met him in the national capital Sunday. (PTI)

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