Ranchi: Admin plans drone surveillance to check over-crowding at puja pandals

Ranchi: City police have planned to press aerial surveillance using drones over important streets and pandals for crackdown on of overcrowding during Durga puja. Even though state government’s puja guidelines in the wake of covid-19 pandemic has prohibit entry to visitors inside the pandals, but the district administration aren’t ruling out pandal hopping.

Detailing on their preparedness, City SP Saurav said, “We will be using drone cameras over key locations to keep a hawk eye over the situation of different areas in the city. It will help us take preventive actions to address issues of crowding and take corrective steps promptly. Police are committed to enforce proper covid-19 safety norms.”

Another official said that all the police stations have been asked to devise thana level plans to ensure proper maintenance of law and order and compliance of covid appropriate guidelines. Across the capital, 3000 security personnel will be pressed across the district for maintenance of law and order during the festival.

For smooth maintenance of traffic, entry of heavy vehicles will be restricted inside the city between 8am to 4 am daily from Monday onwards. As per the order issued by the traffic department on Friday, drop gates will be put up at 39 places in the city such as at places namely Kutchery Chowk, Sahid Chowk, Albert Ekka Chowk, Sarjana Chowk and Kali mandir taxi stand to regulate vehicular movements.

Meanwhile, the district administration is also working out plans to ramp up covid-19 vaccination drives in the city in view of the festive rush. Civil surgeon Dr Vinod Kumar said that plans are afoot to set up special vax camps at crowded areas such as malls, and shopping complexes. “We have sent a proposal to deputy commissioner for sanctioning additional manpower for this. In a day or two, we should be able to start the special camp if all goes well,” he said.