BENGALURU: Police are gearing up to keep the city’s central business safe as citizens welcome the new year.
The traffic police are shutting down all flyovers on New Year’s eve, and making Brigade Road one way for pedestrians.
Many motorists try stunts and drag-racing on flyovers and cause harm to themselves and others, and hence the restriction, police said.
M A Saleem, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), explained, “We will deploy about 300 traffic policemen to make sure traffic is not hampered. Vehicle movement on MG Road and Brigade Road is not allowed from 8 pm on December 31.”
Those ushering in the new year can park their vehicles near MG Road and Brigade Road. Police are making special arrangements for systematic parking.
“Pedestrian movement will be one-way to prevent congestion. To cross the roads, pedestrians should only use the zebra crossing,” he said.
Checks for drunken driving will be conducted as usual and no one will be exempted, Saleem said.
About 225 breathalysers will be used to detect drunk drivers.
N S Megharikh, City Police Commissioner, said, “There will be elaborate security across the city. Patrolling of Hoysala vans will be intensified.”
He has called a meeting on December 30 to discuss the preparations for the new year festivities.
Saleem said, “I will be enjoying my new year supervising the traffic movements in the heart of the city.”
The police have extended the night deadline for business establishments, including bars and restaurants, to 1 am till January 1, 2016. Simultaneously, they are gearing up to act against Drunk riders and drivers. Those trying stunts on the roads. Revellers who create a nuisance.
Checks for drunken driving will be conducted as usual and no one will be exempted. About 225 breathalysers will be used to detect drunk drivers. M A Saleem, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic)