With their capability to fly high above the ground, drones can be easily used to get an aerial view of the ground, in turn making policing efficient

Mumbai : For the fast-approaching Ganpati festival and its harrowing bandobast, the Mumbai police have planned to deploy its entire strength of 44,800 personnel, but haven’t even given a thought to an instrument which can be crucial in policing – drones.

During a joint press conference held here on Tuesday by the City and Traffic police, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Dhananjay Kamalakar said that they would think about using drones to help maintain law and order. “We hadn’t planned on using drones.

Now that it has been suggested, we will think about it.” With their capability to fly high above the ground, drones can be easily used to get an aerial view of the ground, in turn making policing efficient.

This year the Ganpati festival is going to start on August 29 and continue till September 8, during which period all types of leaves will remain suspended. The city police and the traffic police will both be working in coordination for the 11-day-long celebration. There are 6,712 Ganpati mandals in the city, and above 1.21 lakh households will be bringing Ganpati home this year.

There are 115 visarjan spots in the city out of which Girgaum, Juhu, Shivaji Park, Bandra-SV road, Powai and Marve chowpatties being the important crowd-pullers. Police bandobast will be tightened at these spots. In addition, the traffic police has also set up control rooms here for effective traffic management.

The city police would be taking anti-crime, anti-terror, crowd management, and disaster management steps to prevent crimes and ensuring to maintain communal harmony. Anti-eve teasing squads, policemen in plain clothes, SRPF, CRPF and QRT squads will be engaged in crowd management and to keep an eye on crimes against women.

The Women Beat Marshall, who have been posted to various police stations of the city will also start work in a couple of days and join the bandobast duty.

The police will be using the 218 CCTVs put up by the traffic police. In addition, the traffic police have also asked NGOs and mandals themselves to put up CCTVs to help them in monitoring the city.

The traffic police has also set up 31 watch towers at important junctions and roads. “In addition on August 30, September 2, 4, and 8, 49 roads will remain closed, 55 will have one-way vehicular movement, 13 will face a ban on movement of heavy vehicles and 95 will have parking restrictions between 12 pm and 6 am,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) B K Upadhyay. Adding to its 83 cranes, the traffic police will get additional cranes from the BMC and private companies to tow vehicles away, taking the total to 156.

“People are also requested to keep their trucks which will be used during visarjan to transport Ganpati idols in good condition to avoid any unnecessary breakdowns,” Upadhyay said.

The traffic police will also be taking assistance of 11,000 volunteers from various organisations, which includes NSS students and NCC cadets, Scouts and Guides, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management, etc.

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