The Mumbai Police on Monday discussed its elaborate plan for the upcoming Ganeshotsav. Police officials briefed media persons on the traffic restrictions, instructions that have been given to Ganesha mandals, preparations made by the government and volunteers that have been roped in to assist the police in maintaining law and order.
Additional commissioner of police, special branch, Naval Bajaj said, “In the coming two months, we will be witnessing some of the major festivals in the city.
This period has been a big challenge for us as far as security is concerned, and will continue to be one. There have been specific and non-specific alerts warning us about terror strikes. Keeping those in mind, we have been training the mandal volunteers.
We have informed them about the threats and the bandobast that needs to be done.”
Bajaj said the city police is confident but would require public support. “I request all mandals and volunteers to follow our instructions diligently. If they need any further assistance, they can get in touch with our mobile teams that will visit mandals regularly,” he said.
Elaborating on the traffic preparations, traffic branch chief, Vivek Phansalkar said, “Last year, 37 roads were closed during Ganeshotsav; this year, it’s 50. Also, 50 one-way roads were closed for all traffic last year; we have increased it to 56 one-way roads this year.
Thirteen corridor roads near immersion points have been closed so that heavy vehicles don’t ply on them, leading to traffic jams. Last year, 62 roads had been declared as ‘no parking roads’; this year, it’s 94.”
Phansalkar said five temporary control rooms will be set up in Juhu, Bandra, Dadar, Girgaum Chowpatty and Powai.
Police commissioner Satyapal Singh said, “Crowds congregate in large numbers for this festival and foolproof security cover is not possible without public support. We will give mandals a manual book comprising instructions. This manual will be useful to them for years to come.”