Tight security in Mumbai for new year celebrations
With inputs that four alleged members of Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT had sneaked into the city to carry out "violent" attacks during New Year celebrations, a tight security blanket has been thrown across the metropolis.mumbai Updated: Dec 31, 2010 00:56 IST
With inputs that four alleged members of Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT had sneaked into the city to carry out "violent" attacks during New Year celebrations, a tight security blanket has been thrown across the metropolis.
Vigil has been heightened to avert any terror threat emanating from land, air and water, during the celebrations, police said today.
Roads near the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel, one of the sites of the 26/11 terror attack alongside Gateway of India, have been closed for 15 days from December 23 and the area has been put under surveillance, police said adding parking on the roads around Taj has also been banned for the same period.
The government has permitted bars and restaurants to remain open all through the night on December 31 for new year celebrations in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai but boat parties along the coast have been banned for the third time in a row due to the terror threat.
"The state excise department has allowed bars, hotels and restaurants to remain open till 5 am on January 1, 2011. Usually, these establishments are shut by 1.30 hours but due to the New Year celebrations, the norms have been relaxed," Joint Police Commissioner (Law & Order) Rajnish Seth said.
"The boat parties along the coastline have been banned as a precautionary measure in the wake of intelligence inputs. Earlier also, for two years, the boat parties were not allowed due to the security reasons," Seth added.
The loudspeakers will be allowed to play till midnight in an open ground, instead of the usual 10 PM deadline.
The hotels which conduct performances in their premises can also play loudspeakers till midnight, he added.