With December 31 being just around the corner, the Navi Mumbai police claims to have taken all precautionary measures for preventing untoward incidents and ensuring peaceful New Year celebrations in the city.
“All police officials, starting from the senior officers to constables, will be on duty to keep the entire city under surveillance throughout the night. No police officials will be on leave or get weekly offs on that night,” a senior police officer said.
“As far as the crimes on the eve of New Year in Navi Mumbai are concerned, rash driving and drink driving seem to be biggest issues. A huge number of people from Mumbai and the peripheral areas of Panvel come to the city for a joy ride. One hundred and seventy five persons were booked for drink driving on the night of December 31 last year, and were later produced before the court on January 1,” said Shrikant Pathak, deputy commissioner of police (crime).
“Given the frequent road accidents taking place in the city, we have directed our officials to take stern action this year even if there is a minor violation of the norms. Checking will be carried out at all entry and exit points of the city for preventing untoward incidents. More than 65 beat marshal teams will be on roads throughout the night,” Pathak said.
The police, together with the traffic department, will launch a massive campaign against drunk driving. “Our officials will be deployed at all important points at Sion-Panvel highway, Thane-Belapur road and Palm Beach Road through the night. Around 40 nakabandis will be conducted across the city, including 4 to 6 nakabandis on the Palm Beach Road alone. Apart from analysing the breath, they will also pay special attention to the other issues like driving without seatbelts, riding bike without helmet, among others. It’s because of our strict nakabandis that no cases of rash driving and overspeeding was registered last year,” said Vijay Patil, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).
Three youths from Pune died in a road accident on the Palm Beach Road on the night of December 23 last year. The trio were reportedly drunk and were returning home from Vashi. “Only one accident took place at Sion-Panvel highway on December 31 last year, where one biker lost his life. However, that accident had no connection with the New Year celebrations,” Patil said.
Apart from the highways, police have also decided to conduct special checking at popular hangout joints like Sagar Vihar, Mini Seashore and near big hotels. “A few cases of drinking in public places have been reported in the last few years. Our officials will pay attention towards this menace and strict action will be taken in case of violation of the rules. All hotels and restaurants will have to follow the 9.30pm deadline, and will not be allowed to keep open without prior written permission,” another senior police officer said.
Given the gruesome murder of four real estate agents in a farmhouse during Diwali last year, police have also sent notices to owners of farmhouses to follow certain rules to avert such incidents.
“There are a lot of farmhouses on Panvel-Matheran road and Panvel-Hajimalang road. We will deploy people on both roads for conducting special checking right from December 30, so that no tenants can carry liquor or weapons with them,” a officer from zone II said.
New Year plans
All police officials, starting from the senior officers to constables, will be on duty to keep the entire city under surveillance throughout the night. No police officials will be on leave or get weekly offs on that night
Police, together with the traffic department, will launch a massive campaign against drink driving
Apart from the highways, police have also decided to conduct special checking at popular hangout joints like Sagar Vihar, Mini Seashore and near big hotels
Police has sent notices to owners of farmhouses to follow certain rules to avert incidents.