With much importance being given to security and safety of revellers during the festivities today, some of the sarvajanik Ganesh mandals in the city have agreed to install CCTV cameras on vehicles carrying Ganpati idols to capture footage of the immersion procession. Besides having an undisclosed number of undercover cops mingling with revellers to watch out for chain snatchers, mobile phone thieves, eve teasers and pick pockets, the police have also installed 129 additional CCTV cameras along the visarjan route to monitor suspicious activity.
Speaking to MiD DAY, Minister of State for Home Satej Patil said, “Some of the big mandals have agreed to install CCTV cameras on the vehicles. Also, 129 additional CCTV cameras have already been installed at strategic locations along the visarjan route.”
Besides the city police, two companies (100 personnel in a company) of Rapid Action Force, one company of Border Security Force and four companies of State Reserve Police Force will be deployed across the city.
The Additional Commissioner of Police (Central Region) and three deputy commissioners of police will be supervising over 1,100 policemen and security personnel, who will be deployed in and around Parel where Ganesh galli and Lalbaughcha Raja are located. Also, 84 watch towers have been erected across the stretch and around the immersion areas.
Patil added that the Navy and Coast Guard have provided the police with 24 speedboats and would be assisting in conducting manned and unmanned aerial surveillance. In addition, they have also provided 243 life jackets and 400 lifeguards (241 BMC and 159 from NGO’s) to be used for rescue operations.
Asked if any specific intelligence inputs have been received, Patil refused to comment stating, “The city police are fully geared up and are on high alert to tackle any situation.”
He also appealed to the public not to believe in any rumours and to immediately inform the police control room if they notice anyone indulging in suspicious activity.
Safety in the water
Low tide 5.45 pm to 12.00 am (0.76 metres)
Naresh Dahibawkar, President of Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti, has appealed to mandals to ensure that maximum immersion should be done during low tide, as per the central pollution control board guidelines to protect the environment.
Dahibawkar added that a few big Ganesh mandals will have their own CCTV cameras installed to their vehicles and will capture footage along the length of the procession route.
“In a bid to control noise pollution, we have requested mandals to play traditional musical instruments instead of having DJs. The government has allowed music even after midnight and we have to ensure that the 45-decibel limit is not crossed,” Dahibawkar
Dahibawkar anticipates a crowd turnout of 50 lakh across the city, of which 10 lakh plus people are expected to turn up at Girgaum Chowpatty, 5 lakh at Juhu, around 4 lakh at Dadar and around 1.5 lakh to a few thousands at smaller
10,300: The number of sarvajanik Ganesh idols in city
1.65 lakh: The number of household idols
2,000: The number of sarvajanik Ganesh idols already immersed
95,000: The number of household idols already immersed
8,000: The number of sarvajanik Ganesh idols to be immersed today
70,000: The number of household idols to be immersed today
99: The number of immersion locations in city
27: The number of artificial ponds created by BMC
35,000: The number of eco-friendly idols expected to be immersed in ponds
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