CHENNAI: With less than a fortnight for the dawn of New Year, top city police officials called for an incident-free celebrations, at a meeting held with the representatives of star- hotels and resorts gearing up to organise the celebrations.
A press statement from the police said,” The hotels, which intend to organise cultural programmes, should seek permission in time as envisaged under the Madras City Police Act.”
The statement said the programmes, if permitted, can commence at 6 pm on December 31, but should wind up by 1 am on New Year day. The responsibility lies with the organisers that the shows happen in a decent manner, it added.
Keeping previous accidents in mind, the organisers of parties have been advised not to erect any temporary structure or stage over swimming pools, they can do so only after obtaining valid certificates from the authorities concerned, a senior police official said.
They have also advised organisers not to allow guests to drive in an inebriated state. They are to provide their guests with cab service or arrange drivers to take the guests home.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made to prevent drunken-driving and special teams would be formed to curb such driving, police said. The management should instal CCTVs in sensitive areas on their premises and can discuss security concerns with the Deputy Commissioners of the particular police district. If foreign nationals are participating in the party, their details should be verified by the management, said the statement.
Around 80 representatives attended the meeting held at the Commissioner’s office on Friday evening. The meeting was headed by Additional Commissioners Abhash Kumar and P Thamaraikannan.