CUTTACK: In a bid to keep an eye on the trouble-makers during the week-long Baliyatra festival beginning on Monday, the Commissionerate Police is installing more than 55 CCTV cameras at 30 strategic locations in and around the ground.
This apart, two control rooms are being set up at Baliyatra Upper Ground (Killa Padia) and Lower Ground (Tala Padia) on the banks of river Mahanadi to monitor the cameras, informed DCP Sanjeev Arora.
Besides, both male and female police personnel will be deployed in plain clothes to keep a vigil on the mischief mongers and eve-teasers in the fair. As many as 50 platoons of police force have been deployed for smooth conduct of the festival. Similarly, 120 Constables and Home Guards have been deployed to ensure congestion-free traffic on the roads leading to Baliyatra ground. Total 20 police aid posts have been set up to check untoward incidents and extend support to the visitors facing problems while six watch towers have been constructed to monitor crowd, he added.
The twin city police have also formed special squads to check the activities of pickpockets, snatchers, Eragola gangs and anti-socials. Restrictions have been imposed on vehicular traffic on certain routes from 3 pm to 1 am during the festival.