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10,000 police personnel to be on bandobust duty in Chennai for Kaanum Pongal

Since bathing in the sea is prohibited, approach area to the water has been barricaded

Since bathing in the sea is prohibited, approach area to the water has been barricaded   | Photo Credit: R. Ragu

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Visitors are expected to visit the Marina, Elliot’s and Neelangarai beaches and other prominent spots

The city police have made elaborate arrangements to ensure that people at beaches, including the Marina, and other prominent places in the city celebrate Kaanum Pongal peacefully, without incident.

On instructions from Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan, bandobust arrangements will directly be supervised by joint commissioners of police.

“Of the 10,000 police personnel, 5,000 will be deployed at Marina beach, Kamarajar Salai and surrounding areas, while the remaining officers will be on duty at amusement parks or places where people are expected to gather in large numbers,” said Mr. Viswanathan in a press release.

Temporary police control rooms have been set up near the Labour statue and the Gandhi statue. As many as 11 police help centres have been set up on Loop Road, from the Labour statue to the Lighthouse.

Seven ambulances with medical facilities and two vehicles from the Fire and Rescue Services Department will be stationed here. Besides, motorboats and around 140 swimmers will be deployed at the beach for rescue services.

Thirteen temporary watch towers have been erected on the beach. At least three personnel will constantly monitor movement using binoculars and share information through walkie-talkies and WhatsApp with the main control room, besides cautioning people through public address systems.

Three drone cameras and 12 CCTV devices with high-resolution cameras will livestream the movement of people to control rooms from the beach area. Since bathing in the sea is prohibited, approach area to the water has been barricaded and police personnel will constantly monitor the area.

Joint Commissioner of Police, East, R. Sudhakar, said: “We will use drones and closed circuit television cameras to monitor the crowd, besides deploying our personnel at vantage points. A mounted horse unit and all-terrain vehicles will also be deployed to ensure that there are no offences.” Similar arrangements have been made at the Elliot’s beach and other beaches as well.

To tackle the problem of children getting lost in the crowd, police personnel in temporary help centres will make children wear bands on their arms, with details and mobile numbers of their parents.

Police personnel will also be deployed at places where people are expected to gather, such as the Guindy Children’s Park, Island Grounds, amusement parks and shopping malls.

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