Delhi

Elaborate security arrangements in place for Chhath Puja

More police personnel deployed at ghats, patrolling intensified

Delhi police have made elaborate security arrangements for the Chhath Puja celebrations to be held this weekend, an official said on Friday.

In a recent meeting, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik asked all District Deputy Commissioners of Police to ensure an incident-free festival.

“We have deployed extra security personnel at all Chhath Puja ghats across the city. We had a meeting with puja organisers and we asked them to ensure installation of CCTVs, deployment of private security guards and volunteers to manage visitors,” said a police officer.

The officer added that during the meeting, it has been instructed to avoid the use of fireworks. Any person violating the fireworks guidelines set by the Supreme Court will be prosecuted as per law.

“We have ordered deployment of more police personnel and patrolling in and around Chhath Puja route as most of the devotees will camp at the ghats overnight and return home after offering prayers to the rising sun on Sunday morning,” added the officer.

DCP (Railways) D.K. Gupta said they have made elaborate arrangements for security and crowd management till Chhath Puja.

“We held a meeting with the Railway Protection Force [RPF], traffic and local police regarding security at railway station. We are distributing pamphlets to passengers about dos and don’ts for safe travel,” said Mr. Gupta.

Traffic policemen will be deployed outside railway stations, markets and other public places to manage the festive rush. Makeshift waiting areas have been set up for railway passengers outside Anand Vihar and New Delhi railway station, the police said.

“To keep a track on suspicious activities, the officers of the Crime Branch and Special Cell have been instructed to strengthen their intelligence systems. Policemen in plain clothes have been deployed at railway stations and inter-state bus terminals,” the officer added.

Normal flow of traffic is likely to be affected on Saturday and Sunday on roads adjoining the major ghats of the Yamuna and waterbodies like Bhalaswa lake and Haiderpur canal. Appropriate diversions will be made based on requirement, it stated.

Traffic will be diverted on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Sunday, the advisory said.

Depending on congestion on ITO Bridge, the traffic coming from Trans Yamuna towards ITO may be diverted to Pushta Road to take Geeta Colony Bridge or Nizamuddin Bridge, they said.

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