The Mumbai police have unveiled a slew of plans and traffic arrangements in the city, days before the Ganpati festival. In order to facilitate smooth flow of traffic across the city and to maintain law and order, the traffic police have set up five dedicated helplines, increased traffic personnel, volunteers and life guards as part of the arrangements, besides imposing restrictions in vehicular movement as well as parking.
The department has set up traffic control rooms in five places including Girgaon chowpatty, Shivaji Park chowpatty, Bada Masjid Bandra, Juhu chowpatty and Powai. "We have erected watch towers at 31 places for regulating traffic as well as the processions carrying the idols. That apart, various voluntary organisations such as 1,500 civil defence, 250 home guards, 54 traffic wardens and over 3,520 traffic personnel will be deployed."
Students from various colleges will be helping the traffic police in controlling pedestrian and vehicular movement. Aroung 900 NSS students, 300 scouts and guides and 100 teachers and 100 personnel from the Army division will also be helping out. The total strength of regulating, personnel including the police, volunteers and students, will be around 11,000.
On August 30, September 2, 4 and 8, between 12pm and 6pm, several restrictions will be imposed in crowded areas. Almost 49 roads including Shivaji Park, Tilak Bridge, Lonk Road, Juhu Road, Dr Annie Besant Road, N M Joshi Marg, S V Road, Ambedkar Road, V P road, J V L R, etc will be closed to vehicular traffic. One way vehicular movement will be imposed on 55 roads and parking restrictions will be made effective along 95 routes in the city. In addition, there will be ban on heavy vehicle movement on 13 roads.
The department, along with the BMC, will be stationing 156 cranes at various places and steel plates will be provided on the beaches to prevent trucks and other vehicles from sinking in the sand, said the police. Over 400 lifeguards will also be deployed. "We will receive assistance from NGOs and volunteers to ensure minimum inconvenience to pedestrians, motorists and revellers," said B K Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police, traffic.