30 watchtowers set up on M.G. Road, Brigade Road

Monitoring New Year’s Eve celebrations in the central business district this year will be 50 closed circuit television cameras, as well as 700 police personnel and 33 platoons of reserve police force.

These include 20 Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and 13 City Armed Reserve (CAR) platoons.

Additional Commissioner of Police ( Law and Order) Kamal Pant said the department had put in place elaborate security to maintain law and order. “As thousands of revellers throng M.G. Road and Brigade Road every year during New Year’s Eve, we have set up 30 watchtowers for aerial monitoring,” he said. Police personnel at these watch towers will be given binoculars and walkie-talkies.

Policemen deployed in and around the M.G. Road area will also be equipped with cameras to record any incidents requiring further action. While the focus will be on M.G. Road area, the police have also identified other sensitive areas and stepped up patrolling.

Around 15,000 police personnel would be on duty across the city, Mr. Pant added.

Flyovers will be closed to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Police have been directed to intensify patrolling on arterial and main roads, where revellers tend to drag race and ride recklessly.

Mr. Pant warned that the police would act tough on drunk drivers, seizing their vehicles and detaining the drivers.

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