After the Election Commission issued orders that all polling stations provide basic facilities such as ramp, help desk, proper signage and drinking water, mid-day took stock of the situation in the city. On inspection, it found that out of the 7,228 polling stations in the district, 650 stations were yet to be completely poll ready.
Poll fever: The Lok Sabha elections and the Pune polls on April 17 have become the hot talking point among citizens. File pic
This paper spoke to Pune District Collectorate in-charge Seema Holkar, who said they were confident that they would be ready before the city went to the polls on April 17.
She said that out of the 7,228 stations, 650 stations still needed a ramp to allow handicapped citizens vote. “Considering the heat and the soaring temperatures, water and building of temporary sheds was our main priority. Out of the total polling stations, 6,578 booths are ready and at 650 locations, the ramps are yet to be built. However, as they would be wooden ramps, they will be built three to four days prior to the polls,” said Holkar.
She added that along with the basic facilities, workers and volunteers at the booths would also be provided with first aid kits.
Holkar further told mid-day that they had identified 108 critical polling stations at which micro-observers and additional security would be deployed. “CCTV cameras will be installed at these locations to ensure that no issues occur later.