The waiting hall at Dhanbad Club, one of the 10 red-carpet booths, on Wednesday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Thursday will change the image of a polling booth for many Dhanbad voters.
As the parliamentary constituency goes to polls on April 24, as many as 10 booths will boost a host of facilities like air conditioners, waiting hall and cold water kiosks. Voters will also be offered garlands at some of these booths while roses will be offered in others.
The district administration along with local organisations are setting up such facilities at one booth at Gujraati Pathshala, one at Dhanbad Club, two each at Khalsa School Joraphatak, DAV Public School Koylanagar, community centre in Koylanagar and Kala Bhavan.
This is not all, each of 10 red carpet booths, as they are called, will offer something unique.
For instance, the management committee of Khalsa School will welcome voters with gulab jal (rose water).
Divulging details about the special arrangements at Dhanbad Club booth where deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar will also exercise his franchise, club manager Rajat Kumar Mukherjee said they would welcome all voters with a rose.
Most of the office-bearers of the club, including secretary Pranay Kumar Purve, joint secretary Amit Dokania and vice president Nitesh Shahabadi, will be present to welcome the voters.
“We have a huge AC waiting hall that can accommodate 100 people. We will open the hall for those who cannot stand in long queues,” said Mukherjee, adding that the venue will sport a red carpet right from the club’s main gate to the ballot box.
Given the soaring mercury level, the club has also arranged for a few water coolers.
Regarding the facilities at Gujrati Pathshala in Shastrinagar, president of All-India Gujraati Samaj Paresh Chauhan said a large tent has been erected to provide shed to the voters.
Besides the usual facilities, the Gujrati Pathshala will have wheelchairs for physically-challenged voters. Chauhan added that a waiting hall equipped with adequate seating capacity have also been readied for elderly people.
To avoid the rush and take home a rose, vote early. For, “Early voters will be offered roses by our office-bearers,” said Chauhan.
Similarly, the two red carpet booths each at Kala Bhavan, DAV Public School and Koylanagar community centre will also be equipped with water coolers, waiting halls etc.