The city police seem to have learnt a lesson from the past and took some proactive measures to check criminal incidents during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
To ensure the busy MG Road trouble-free, the police will ban the entry of vehicles on the road after 9pm on the New Year eve. The decision was taken after a meeting between senior police officials and mall and pub operators.
As per the tentative plan for December 31, the vehicles parked in the area before 9pm will not be allowed to exit before 2.30am. Those reaching MG Road after 9pm would have to park their vehicles in a special parking lot in Sector 29.
The cops have also planned a few rehearsals in the coming days before implementing the decongestion plan. Mall hoppers and movie goers may have to face some inconvenience while parking their vehicles during rehearsal after 9.00pm. The police personnel and security guards from nearby gated communities will rehearse together to make the MG Road vehicle-free.
The police have also issued special safety guidelines to pub owner and asked them to ensure registration of visitors and verification of their employees including women.
"We have issued instructions to the management of various malls to keep the walking space and corridors vacant and no vendor would be allowed to display their articles in the corridor. The pubs/bars have been asked to submit the list of employees and the capacity of their premises," DCP(east) Maheshwar Dayal said.
He said the police have already taken consent from the representatives of RWAs of the gated communities in the area for implementing the plan. The residents and their guests would be allowed to enter with vehicles after proper verification.
The police may also ban entry of cycle rickshaws and three-wheeler auto-rickshaws. A shuttle bus will ferry passengers to MG Road.
"The pubs/bars would operate according to their capacity. Strict actions would be taken against anyone exceeding their capacity of revellers. Anyone parking their vehicles in the mall parking before 9pm on December 31 would only be allowed to move out their vehicles after 2:30am unless there is an emergency," the DCP added.
The 2.5-km stretch which houses at least a dozen shopping malls, about 50 pubs, three multiplexes and a number of restaurants become a hot spot for fun lovers.
According to IANS news agency, the Gurgaon police commissioner KK Sindhu has cancelled the leave of all police personnel and approved an action plan for a safe new year celebrations in malls and pubs.
Last year, a gang of hooligans out side the Sahara Mall here had molested a woman. Hooligans broke the windshields and glasses of more than two dozen cars on the MG Road.
Police will put up pickets outside malls, BPOs and other places. The policemen deployed there will not only patrol but also provide transport to women in need to ensure their safety.