In what is described as a first, Mumbai Police will impart basic security training to a group of volunteers from all big Ganeshotsav mandals for the upcoming 10-day long annual public festival starting October 2, top officials said here on Wednesday.
The crash course on the response expected from them -- in case of eventualities like unidentified items, vehicular bombs or terror strikes -- shall be given by the Bombay Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), according to BrihanMumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS) President Naresh Dahibhavkar.
"The week-long training will start from August 16 and each Ganeshotsav mandal is likely to send around 8-10 volunteers. These trained volunteers would work in coordination with the police and private security agency and help reduce the burden on them," Dahibhavkar told IANS.
The issue was also discussed in a BSGSS meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Director-General of Police Subodh Jaiswal and Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve on Wednesday.
The BSGSS chief explained all mandals should be equipped to handle any sort of crises, whether disasters, emergencies or terror strikes. The purpose of this module training would be to empower them with basic skills so that they can complement the police efforts.
In another important directive, the police have restrained all Ganeshotsav mandals in the city from using drones at any time, especially during immersion ceremonies, on security grounds.
However, if a need is felt for drones, the police will organise it at prominent immersion beaches like Girgaum, Dadar, Juhu, Versova, etc, and the final route maps for the immersion processions would be announced soon.
The norms for using loudspeakers are expected to be relaxed on October 2, 6, 7, and 12 - which is the final day of immersions, Dahibhavkar said.
There will be an enhanced CCTV cover on the immersion routes, especially when there are diversions, in view of the huge infrastructure projects like Mumbai Metro works currently underway in different parts of the city and suburbs.
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