The police have beefed up security for Bieber’s visit and are checking all vehicles entering and leaving the city. The singer will stay in south Mumbai, but details of his stay and travel arrangements have been kept secret for security reasons.
About 45,000 people are expected to attend Wednesday’s concert, Bieber’s first in India, and the police, both in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai – are facing challenges on many fronts, including security, emergency response, disaster management and traffic regulation.
Under plans drawn up by Navi Mumbai police commissioner Hemant Nagrale, about 525 police personnel including 25 officers will be deployed for security, emergency response and disaster management at the stadium on Wednesday.
Police personnel, both in uniform and plain clothes, will guard all entry and exit points and the interior of the stadium, while the concert’s organisers will deploy private security guards to manage crowds and check tickets.
A police control room will be set up at the stadium, which will monitored by CCTV cameras – some of which will be mounted on drones hovering above the stadium. The control room will also have a public announcement system for emergencies, and the stadium will be searched by the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) before the concert.
The organisers will provide parking for about 15,000 vehicles and shuttle services from the parking lots to the stadium. The Navi Mumbai traffic police will deploy more than 100 personnel to manage traffic at the venue.