Immersion Bandobast: Over 5,000 Cops On Duty | Surat News – Times of India

SURAT: Over 5,000 police personnel and around 3,500 ‘friends of police’ volunteers will be on bandobast duty during Ganesha immersion on Friday. Bigger idols of Lord Ganesha will be immersed in the sea at Hazira while the smaller idols will be immersed at the 19 artificial ponds developed by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC).
This year, the river banks have been sealed by the civic authorities to ensure that no immersion takes place in the river. SMC officials and festival organisers have made arrangements at the artificial ponds for smooth immersion. Over 7,000 Gauri Ganesha idols have been immersed till now.
Police will keep a watch on the immersion procession through CCTV cameras and drone cameras. They have installed 82 additional CCTV cameras on Raj Marg to keep a watch on the procession. Police personnel will use 975 body-worn cameras as well.
Pandals with bigger than five-foot idols have been provided with exact time and route for immersion. Police will ensure that the organisers follow the time schedule. In the past, immersion used to continue till the next morning. But because of the efforts by police over the past few years, most of the immersion activities ends by night.
Following the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order, the police and SMC took strict actions in the last four years to ensure that immersion in the Tapi completely stops.