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Organisers get own security

india Updated: Oct 03, 2008 00:02 IST

The serial blasts across the capital starting on September 13 have cast a cloud over the festivities, as is evident from the heightened security.

And it is important as Ram Lila, Navratri and Durga Puja all fall in one week.

But the perceived threat has apparently not been able to dampen the spirit of the people.

For instance, Thursday being a holiday saw surging crowds at the popular Jhandewalan temple.

With average number of devotees easily crossing 80,000 per day initially and more than 1 lakh during the last two days of Navratri, the temple administration has come up with its own arrangements to compliment the one by police.

“We have a team of sevadaars (volunteers) working round-the-clock. We are not even allowing mobile phones inside the temple,” said a media centre official of the temple.

The temple authorities have also put up more than 25 CCTV cameras and put an access control arrangement in place. “Police have their own security ring but we work in coordination with them,” he added.

Similar is the case with Durga puja pandals.

Said Utpal Ghosh, president of Navapalli Puja Committee at Chittaranjan Park, “We have installed around 20 CCTV cameras along with circuit breakers around our pandal. We have spent around Rs 45,000 only for the security.”

The organising secretary of Cooperative Ground Puja Committee said, “We are planning deployment of around 100 volunteers along with nearly 70 hired security men. We are spending around Rs 2 lakh for the overall security, which includes CCTVs, metal detectors and circuit breakers.”

The police have permitted all festival organisers/administrators to arrange for their own security subject to certain guidelines.

These include access control of entry/exit points, barricading of venues from all sides and installation of CCTV cameras.

“The organisers will install cameras and Delhi police will help them in monitoring the situation,” said Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.