The Srimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganapati Trust will install about 65 to 70 CCTV cameras for keeping a round the clock vigil during the 10-day Ganesh festival.
With a footfall of devotees running into lakhs, Dagdusheth Mandal is famous for its decor and social initiatives. According to sources, the trust received threats and hoax calls about possible bomb blast during the festival.
The entire vicinity of the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati temple was swarmed by Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) and Pune police on July 13, 2013, after a rag picker told the police that he was offered money by two Pakistani nationals to plant bombs at the temple. However, it turned out to be a false information.
The temple authorities has already installed 55 CCTV cameras inside the permanent structure, where the idol is kept for the rest of the year. The president of Srimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganapati Trust, Ashok Godse informed the they have their own security forces, who will be guarding the permanent temple for 10 days. In addition to this, the mandal has deployed CCTV net work to keep a vigil.
Treasurer Mahesh Suryavanshi said, “We have footage of which have been taken for last 2 years. We handed the footage to police and it helped them to catch miscreants even outside the temple premises.”
He further added, “Nearly 70 CCTV cameras will be installed about 10 days before the festival. It would cover entire stretch of road from Lokmanya Tilak Statue at Mandai to Dagdusheth Pandal and the stretch of Shivaji Road from Dagdusheth Pandal to Srinath theatre. It would also cover the stretch of Shivaji Road from Dagdusheth Pandal to Budhwar Chowk which would keep an eye on happenings up to Jogeshwari Temple on one side and Pasodya Vithoba on the other side.”