The police will impose tight security at five-star hotels and beaches in the suburbs, where large numbers of gather to usher in the New Year. The police said they have also told the BMC to ensure that beaches and other vulnerable areas are well-lit to prevent trouble, especially for women.
Dattatray Bhargude, senior inspector at Khar police station, said, “A large number of officers and constables in uniform will patrol crowded areas so that drunken revellers do not create trouble.”
A senior officer, who did not wish to be named, said, “Apart from bandobast, the anti-terrorism cells of all police stations have been told to be on alert to ensure there are no untoward incidents during the celebrations.”
Officials from the western and northern region said squads with women officers will be posted in their areas, which stretch from Bandra to Dahisar, to tackle crime against women. They will keep an especially close eye on the parking lots of five-stars, where women have been targeted in previous years.
“Hotels and other party organisers have been told to keep noise levels in check in accordance with the Bombay high court’s order,” said an official. The police came in for criticism from the court after failing to control noise levels during the Ganesh and Navratri festivals.
This year, there will be few celebrations at private grounds as not many organisers have approached the police for permission. The police said this is mainly to do with the long weekend from December 24-27, when many revellers have travel plans.