Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha said that these special polling booths will be also manned by 4-5 volunteers from the National Social Service (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) who will "ensure that the voters are not put to inconvenience".

These volunteers would usher in the voters to the polling booth and will direct them to shady areas in the vicinity after they collect their voting slips. The names would be announced and the voters would be informed of their turn to vote.

A token system is also being planned. Sinha said at any given point of time, not more than 15-20 people would be in the queue to vote. These NSS and NCC cadets will be imparted training this week and taught etiquettes to deal with a "varied class of voters".

The Lucknow municipal corporation has been assigned the task of ensuring "availability of snacks and cold drinks" in the vicinity.

Special ramps are also being constructed in some places to facilitate the elderly and the physically challenged. Wheel chairs would also be provided and vehicles allowed to drive in proximity to the voting booths, officials said.

Officials say finalizing of these VIP polling booths was still being worked out. Lucknow goes to polls on April 30.

Sources said that booths that would be elevated to the VIP status will be in areas like Hazratganj, Narahi, Mall Avenue, Jopling road, Nishatganj, Mahanagar, Gomtinagar and Aliganj.

(Agencies)

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