Fireworks, lightshows and more: How Mumbai celebrated New Year 2020
Lakhs of Mumbaikars welcomed the New Year with peaceful celebrations and night-long parties
though less crowds were witnessed on the city's streets and other public places compared to last year, police said.
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A light show was held at Bandra Reclamation where people gathered in large numbers, resulting in a massive traffic jam late in the night.
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Thousands of people thronged popular spots like the Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Girgaum Chowpatty, Bandstand and Juhu beach from Tuesday evening to welcome 2020.
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Around 2 am on Wednesday, revelers were asked to leave these places, a police official said. The police later asked people to leave the place in a bid to maintain law and order.
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The gateway of India, one of the historic monuments, saw a flood of Mumbaikars to witness the light and sound show.
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The Western Railway operated eight services after midnight between Churchgate and Virar stations, and CR operated four – two between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT)-Kalyan and two between CSTM-Panvel on Harbour line.
In photo: Gateway of India lit up for New Year 2020.
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Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also addressed the crowd gathered at Gateway of India through a video conference.
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In the evening, thousands of Mumbaikars gathered at various beaches to witness the last Sunset of 2019. In a tweet, Mumbai Police assured citizens of help in the hour of need.
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Tight vigil was maintained at popular places like the Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Girgaum Chowpatty beach and waterfronts in Mahim, Bandra, Versova, Gorai and Juhu.
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Mumbaikars click selfies as they bring in the New Year at Churchgate.
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A glimpse of a young Mumbaikar all set to celebrate New Year 2020.
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At least 40,000 police personnel along with officials of the police's Special Branch, riot-control police, Quick Response Teams, Crime Branch and traffic police were deployed across the city.
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The police also monitored crowded spots through 5,000-plus CCTV cameras while drone-cameras were used to monitor the beaches.
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People prepare for New year and walk past a 2020 sign.
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Thousands of people in Mumbai gathered at beaches and thronged promenades such as Marine Drive from late Tuesday evening to ring in the New Year. Over 40,000 police personnel were manning the streets of the country's commercial capital. People gathered at various areas in the city to get a glimpse of the firecrackers and lightshow.