The Mumbai police are taking no chances. With over 600 Ganesha mandals in the city and thousands expected to queue up from Monday to catch a glimpse of the idols, additional forces will be deployed at 200 sensitive spots including 52 locations declared as ‘vulnerable’. More importantly, the cops have launched a special helpline with the promise that every distress call will
The State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Border Security Force (BSF) along with 500 personnel from the city police will be deployed during the 10-day period of celebration.
Speaking to the media on Saturday, Additional Commissioner of police, Sadanand Date said all organisers had been warned that in case of any misbehavior against women being reported from their mandals, strict action would be initiated against the organisers. “We are doing our best but we need the support of 1.5 crore Mumbaikars. If they are vigilant it will become easier to fight against the antisocial elements,” he said.
The number of roads that are to remain either shut through the day or at particular times during the day has increased from 61 last year to 94 this year. Traffic cops will apparently be seen on the streets with mega phones, helping motorists avoid traffic jams. Lifeguards with specially coloured fluorescent T-shirts will be deployed at all the beaches.
Joint commissioner of Police (Traffic), Vivek Phansalkar said, “Various sign boards will be put up on the streets directing people to the nearest diversion, in case a road is shut to traffic. Generally people are aware of the diversions. However announcements will be made and the traffic police equipped with walkie talkies to deal with heavy traffic.”
In case anyone is subject to or witnesses a case of sexual harassment, misbehaviour or anti social behaviour, they should immediately call police helpline number is 22633333.