Girgaum Chowpatty beach, which sees hundreds of devotees each year for Ganpati visarjan, would be under the surveillance with Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras this year during visarjan.
The Mumbai police have installed eight high-resolution CCTV cameras on the beach to keep a close watch on the activities during the immersions as part of the ten-day Ganesh idol immersions.
The police expect more than 3,000 Ganesh idols from south and Central Mumbai including the Lalbaugcha Raja to be immersed at the beach.
Anil Kumbhare, deputy commissioner of police (zone 2) said, “Along with 1000 police personnel and 600 volunteers along with the Quick Response team, Force One and SRPF would be guarding the area to make sure that no unfortunate incident occurs. Metal detectors, road blocks, loudspeakers, floodlights and four watchtowers have been installed at the venues.”
The vehicles and bags of the devotees will also be checked. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) and the fire brigade department have been conducting routine checks in the area since the last week.
This year the Mumbai police have demanded 30 extra lifeguards on the beach to avoid drowning incidents.