As the city prepares to welcome the New Year, the Gurgaon police will maintain a strong vigil at crowded places such as MG Road, officials said.
The police have also directed the local intelligence officials to keep an eye on parties being hosted this New Year’s Eve. The move comes after the recent abduction of a 19-year-old student from outside a Gurgaon college.
The police have a dedicated special squad to check harassment of women in the city. The squad will be responsible for keeping a watch on vulnerable spots and sensitive areas, especially during the rush hours so such kind of criminal activities are curbed, a police official said.
Nidhi Chhabra, a student of Delhi University and a daily commuter said, “The Gurgaon police had earlier launched the ‘Romeo-free drive’. There has been a significant change since then. I feel safer now. I am sure it will be safe to venture out on New Year’s Eve too.”
MG Road, which boasts of many popular pubs, bars and other party places, will be scrutinised. The Gurgaon deputy commissioner has directed that Section 144 be imposed across the city on New Year’s Eve.
Navdeep Singh Virk, commissioner of police said, “There are parties hosted across the city on New Year’s Eve. It was a peaceful celebration last year and we are sure it will go the same way this year too. We have deployed police personnel on all vulnerable spots to ensure safety.”
Golf Course Road, Galleria Shopping Complex, Business centre and Vyapar Kendra where some of the famous pubs and bars are located, will be on the check list of the Gurgaon police.
The staff will have to examine ID cards to make sure liquor is not served to underage people. Each pub and bar has to install signboards highlighting the same at the entrance of the outlets.
Those establishments found flouting the rules will face action for violating the Haryana Excise Policy, 2013-14 and the Punjab Excise Act, 1914. The order will be effective till January 5. Violators will be booked under Section 188 of the IPC besides being slapped with fines, the police said.
The stretch of MG Road from Bristol Hotel to IFFCO Chowk will be observed as a traffic-free area from 5pm on Thursday till 2am on Friday. Only resident vehicles, with RWA authentication, will be allowed access via the service lanes.
Those visiting pubs will have a designated area to park their vehicles (Leisure Valley Park) and will have the facility of using a feeder bus by the Haryana Roadways to visit Sahara, MGF and other malls on the stretch. Further, five Haryana Roadways buses will be used as feeder buses, which will ply on MG Road on December 31, 6 pm onwards.
“There are chances of accidents because of drink-driving. We will put up barricades at Cyber City, Iffco Chowk, Huda City Centre Metro station, DLF phase 1, South City Chowk, Maharana Pratap Chowk and other major intersections,” Virk said.