Mumbai: The Mumbai police have beefed up safety to maintain a hawk-eyed vigil within the metropolis through the 10- day Ganesh Chaturthi competition, which started on Saturday amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an official mentioned.
In view of the virus outbreak, the competition is being celebrated in a subdued method this yr to curb the unfold of an infection, the official mentioned.
Apart from, Muharram can be being noticed in a easy method as the federal government has not allowed processions within the wake of the COVID-19 disaster, he added.
“Apart from the local police, a company of Rapid Action Force (RAF), three companies of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), local arms and riot control police have been deployed in the city,” the official mentioned.
Fast response groups, bomb disposal squads and anti- terrorism cells have additionally been placed on alert to forestall any untoward incident, he mentioned.
In accordance with him, native police stations will present safety cowl to Ganesh pandals of their areas, whereas an extra deployment of 30 police personnel might be current on the metropolis’s well-known Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh pandal.
“Moreover, the police will monitor the happenings in the city with the help of 5,000 CCTV cameras and also use drones for aerial surveillance,” he mentioned, including that personnel in plain garments have been manning markets as properly.
The police have urged residents to not collect on roads through the festivities and pandals have been requested to chop down noise air pollution, the official mentioned.
Aside from the directions to observe social distancing norms, folks have additionally been requested to put on masks and sanitise pandals as a precautionary measure, he added.
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