Traffic jams, parking trouble outside stadium; police drones malfunction during Justin Bieber’s show in Mumbai
Many people also had trouble crossing the Sion-Panvel highway because a signal in front of the stadium was defunct. A footbridge provided some respite, as a steady stream of Beliebers used it to cross the highway and reach the stadium.mumbai Updated: Jun 08, 2017 16:10 IST
There were huge traffic jams around DY Patil Stadium before and after Justin Beiber’s concert on Wednesday. Though 300 traffic officials were deployed there, the approximately 50,000 people who came in from all across the country and abroad for the show, and regular commuter endured traffic jams at Nerul as many service roads were shut for the day.
Many people also had trouble crossing the Sion-Panvel highway because a signal in front of the stadium was defunct. A footbridge provided some respite, as a steady stream of Beliebers used it to cross the highway and reach the stadium.
A few hours before the concert, the highway was packed with hundreds of illegally parked vehicles even as the traffic police deployed towing vans. Inside the stadium, police officials went undercover to prevent women from being harassed and molested, and to provide intelligence inputs during the concert.
To manage security, the police divided the stadium into four sections and each was overseen by an officer of the level of deputy commissioner of police (DCP).
Two squads from the anti-narcotics cell were also present, keeping an eye out of drug peddlers and other suspicious activities.
A senior officer said that a special squad of around 50 personnel kept tabs on people, while the riot control force, quick response team and reserve police force were on standby nearby.
The police had planned to deploy drones to keep an eye on the crowd, but were forced to use drones provided private security agencies as their own drones malfunctioned. Two of the drones were equipped with night-vision cameras. Tushar Doshi, DCP, special branch, said, “Our drones have developed some technical problems but we are monitoring the crowd using those provided by private agencies.” There were around 50 officials in the police control room to monitor about 200 CCTV cameras.
“We set up a temporary control room inside the stadium and everything went off smoothly,” Doshi said. About 50 officials at the police control room in CBD Belapur got taking updates on the situation at concert through walky-talkies from officers posted at the stadium.
Hemant Nagrale, Navi Mumbai police commissioner, said, “While the organisers hired private security agencies, our job was to provide overall security and act swiftly in case of an emergency.”