Cops on toes for last day of immersion
CCTV cameras have been installed at all important junctions, traffic police to check drink-driving and speeding
The Navi Mumbai police said they are taking all possible steps for the convenience and safety of devotees on the last day of the Ganpati immersion.
All policemen, including senior officers, have been instructed to be on roads to control the crowd. The traffic department has arranged for strong bandobast across the city.
Prashant Khaire, deputy commissioner of police (zone 1), said, “Officers under every police stations have been divided into groups. They will be deployed across the city in the morning.”
Closed-circuit television (CCTVs) cameras have been installed at all important junctions of the city.
They will be monitored by a dedicated team from the police commissioner’s office.
Officials from bomb disposal squads and sniffer dogs will also be at the disposal of all police stations.
“We have constructed makeshift watch towers at different locations from where we will keep guiding the devotees through loud speakers. One senior officer will take update of the happenings every hour,” Khaire said.
The police have also set up a temporary post near Shivaji Chowk at Vashi to take details of missing children.
“If any child goes missing during the rallies and immersions, their parents and relatives can inform the police at this centre. They can also call 100,” said Dhanraj Dayama, assistant commissioner of police.
“All our officials from the child protection unit will be deployed at different places for ensuring safety of the children,” Preparations on at Shivaji Chowk in Vashi for last day of Ganpati immersion. Preparation are on at Kopar Khairne pond for Thursday’s immersion.
Since the police banned entry of Ganpati idols from Mumbai in the city this year, the area of Vashi is likely to see relatively less crowd on Thursday.
“However, we don’t want to take any chance. Ensuring safety of each and every devotee is our responsibility,” Khaire added.
Arvind Salve, deputy commissioner of police (traffic), said, “Special attention will be paid to the menace of drink-driving. If a motorist refuses to use the breathalyser, he will be taken to the nearest hospital for medical tests. We will also conduct nakabandis on all arterial roads to prevent rash-driving, signal jumping and speeding.” This Ganesh shrine at Pai Library in Dombivli was made using 31,000 books.