Orthodox Church gearing up for anniversary fete - The New Indian Express

Orthodox Church gearing up for anniversary fete

Published: 24th November 2012 12:49 PM

Last Updated: 24th November 2012 12:49 PM

 The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church authorities have said that the arrangements for the 1960th anniversary and the Catholicate centenary celebrations are complete.

Spiritual leader of Tibet Dalai Lama will inaugurate the function here on November 25.  Former president of India A P J Abdul Kalam will be the main speaker and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will publish the souvenir.

Catholicos Baselios Paulose II will preside over the function.

Union  Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies K V Thomas, former Union Minister  O Rajagopal, SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan, CPM politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and Mayor Tony Chammany will attend the function.

“The construction of the venue at Marine Drive ground has been completed. Around 2.5 lakh people are expected to attend the event,” said  Orthodox Church laity trustee M G George Muthoot at a press conference. Gate I at the venue is for the entry of chief guests, metropolitans, and other VIP  invitees.

 Gate II is reserved for priests, managing committee members and invited guests, while Gates III, IV are for the public.  Cultural programmes, including music and dance, will be performed at the venue as a prelude  to the function.

“A volunteer team of around 2,000 members, including ladies, will help control the crowd  inside and outside the pavilion,” he said.   The people coming from Kozhikode, Thrissur and Aluva should take diversion to the Container Road at Kalamassery and park vehicles near the  Goshree Bridge.

Vehicles coming via NH 17 should also take the Container Road and park near the Goshree bridge.

 Vehicles from the southern districts which reach before 2 pm should proceed to the  International Stadium at Kaloor for parking. There will be help desks at 11 locations,  including Vyttila , Kalamassery, Edappally, Goshree Bridge.  

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