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Bidding adieu to Ganesha: 50,000 cops, 5,000 CCTVs, drones for security

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September 23, 2018 13:27


Mumbai police will use drones as well as a large network of over 5,000 CCTV cameras to maintain vigil during the immersion of Ganesh idols Sunday on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi, a senior official said.

Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Manjunath Singe said that 50,000 police personnel, including those from specialised units like Force One, Quick Response Teams, Anti-Terrorism Cells would be deployed.

Plainclothes policemen would also mingle in the crowd to keep an eye on the security of women and children.

Singe said that the city has 162 idol immersion spots,
including Girgaum Chowpatty, Dadar, Juhu, Versova and Powai,
and several of them will have CCTV cameras in place.

Over 5000 CCTV cameras, which will be monitored from
the police control room, will be in place for the immersion
processions, Singe said.

He added that the Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh Mandal, among the most famous and crowded of public festivities in the metropolis, will have a special arrangement of drones to cover the immersion route till Girgaum Chowpatty.

On Sunday, 3,161 traffic police and 500 wardens will be deputed to regulate traffic, he said.

He added that 53 roads will closed for traffic, 56 roads will made one-way and 99 roads will be closed for heavy vehicles.

-- PTI

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