Cops Get Set to Make Kaanum Pongal a Safe Affair - The New Indian Express

Cops Get Set to Make Kaanum Pongal a Safe Affair

Published: 14th January 2014 07:45 AM

Last Updated: 14th January 2014 08:36 AM

City police seem to be leaving no stones unturned to make this year’s Pongal celebrations a safe affair. With Kaanum Pongal on mind, police have deployed over 18,000 personnel to make the festivities safe for the revelers thronging the two beaches, amusement parks and malls.

Taking a leaf out of last year’s plans, a senior police official told Express that several outposts would be put up at the Marina and Elliot’s beaches with the primary motive of tracing the missing children with the help of public announcement system. Besides, watch towers would be set up to keep a tab on the crowd movement.

All terrain vehicles would keep a vigil on the shoreline, along with the mounted force and a stand-by divers’ team to shorten the response time in case of any untoward incident.

Five Additional Commissioners, seven Joint Commissioners, and 21 Deputy Commissioners, would take charge of supervising the security apparatus. Amusement park managements have been directed to ensure that the machines are in optimum condition to ensure safety of people.

“We will also discourage people from venturing into the sea in boats and will keep a tab on the number of persons travelling per boat as well,” the official said, adding that vehicle checks would also be intensified.

Raids on Stalls

The surprise check conducted on Monday by the Health Department on hundreds of fast food joints dotting the city beaches has left many of the owners fuming.

Several unhygienic products and utensils were seized and the stall owners said the officials did the check arbitrarily without proper tests.

Ten teams from the Corporation Health Department swooped down on the joints on the Marina and Elliot’s beaches and checked for spoilt oil, unclean cooking places, utensils, meat and rotten fish etc. As many as 17 bubble top water cans, 12 bags of water sachets, utensils, 17 bottles of juice, jams and sauce, 25 litres of fried oil were deemed unfit for use. The officials destroyed two freezer boxes also.

The surprise visit left many stall owners angry as many of them complained that the officials had not carried out any proper test.

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