10 Things to Know about New Year ‘Celebration Curbs’ in Bengaluru

Ahead of New Year celebrations, the Bengaluru police on Thursday informed that there would be strict action against molesters, drug suppliers, traffic violators, and other miscreants on December 31. The officials would focus more on ensuring the safety of women and children.

New Year celebration curbs

  • Announcing security measures, Police Commissioner C H Pratap Reddy said that restaurants, pubs, resorts, and hotels will be allowed to conduct New Year celebrations only till 1 am and those violating the deadline will be booked.
  • The officer told Indian Express that around 5,200 civil police personnel, apart from 4,000 traffic police personnel, will be deployed to control the movement of party revelers and commuters across the city. Additional CCTV cameras and 20 drone cameras will be installed for the purpose.

  • The top Cop also said that ensure the safety of women, the police department has set up a ‘Women safety Island’ in critical places in the city which will be guarded by women police personnel. In addition, watch towers guarded by police personnel will be set up at places where huge gatherings are expected.
  • As for the traffic restrictions, the traffic police have decided to limit and control the movement of vehicular traffic and parking of vehicles on MG Road, Brigade Road, Church Street, St Marks Road, Rest House Road, and Residency Road on the night intervening between December 31 and January 1.

  • Parking of all types of vehicles, excluding police vehicles and vehicles of essential services, is prohibited from 2 pm to 3 am on MG Road, Brigade Road, Church Street, Rest House Road, and Museum Road. Violators will be fined, in case they fail to remove their parked vehicles by 4 pm.
  • On Brigade Road, pedestrians can walk from MG Road junction to Opera Junction, and walking in the opposite direction is prohibited. If they want to come to MG Road they can do so by moving via Residency Road cross (near Shankarnag Theatre cross). Movement of vehicles on the flyovers (except the Hebbal flyover towards the airport) will be closed from 9 pm to 6 am, to avoid accidents, crashes, etc.
  • The traffic police department has also appealed to individuals who would be driving vehicles to refrain from drinking alcohol and ensure that his or her group travels in the car or two-wheeler safely without annoyance. The traffic department will also be conducting a drive against drunken driving throughout the night.

  • Around 3,000 police personnel will be deployed for crowd control measures in key areas like Brigade Road, MG Road, and Residency Road, and around 2,500 police personnel in areas like Koramangala, Indiranagar, and Whitefield.
  • As a preventive measure, the police department and the Central Crime Branch authorities cracked down on drug peddlers in December through special investigations. A total of 637 accused, including six international peddlers, have been arrested and a total of 344.73 kg of drugs have been seized and 547 cases have been registered so far.
  • Meanwhile, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has announced that Metro train services in the city on the eve of New Year will operate till 2 am on January 1, in agreement with the city police department’s rules.

Anjum Parvez, managing director of BMRCL, stated that the last train will leave the terminal stations at 1.15 am or 1.30 am and reach the respective destinations by 2 am. The BMRCL has extended one hour more to reduce travel for party revelers who have been directed by the police department to wrap up celebrations by 1 am.


Source: Indian Express