The Mumbai Police have strengthened security measures and deployed additional security forces to ensure easy immersion of Ganesh idols on Anant Chaturthi.
This year, around 6400 sarvajanik idols and over 1.5 lakh household idols have been registered for immersion. The administration has made 162 points where the idols can be immersed.
Mumbai Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner of Police Manjunath Singe said that '50,000 police personnel will be deployed across the city and a network of 5,000 CCTV cameras will be put to use to maintain peace during the immersion of Ganesh idols on Sunday on the occasion of Anant Chaturthi.'
DCP Singe further added, “The 50,000 police personnel will include those from specialised units like Force One, Anti-Terrorism Cells (ATC), Quick Response Teams (QRT), local police, zonal police, State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), Rapid Action Force (RAF), Home guards, Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), Dog squads and Indian Navy to maintain Law and Order in the city.
Speaking to Republic TV, DCP Singe said, “No terror alerts have been issued for the city so far. To monitor the crowd, the volunteers of National Service Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) have been roped in to help the traffic police. I urge the citizens to dial 100, tweet to us or use the Whatsapp Helpline number of Mumbai Police. We request the citizens not to respond to any rumors without verifying. Drones have been deployed at Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu Chowpatty, Lalbaug and Shivaji Park.”
In addition to this, 53 roads will be closed for traffic, 56 roads will be made one-way and 99 roads will be closed for heavy vehicles. No heavy vehicles will be allowed on 18 roads in Mumbai.
Special squads of policemen have been deployed in plain clothes to keep a vigil on the safety of women and children. Additional help centers and first aid kiosks will be installed at the immersion spots. 6455 Sarvajanik pandals will be conducting the visarjan on September 23. The deployment of lifeguards has been increased at the beaches to avoid any mishap.
So far, the Mumbai Police have registered 103 offences for noise pollution and traffic violation during the Ganpati festival.