"The security department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) does not provide any type of security cover to Ganesh Mandals," BMC's Joint Security Officer S Kulkarni told reporters.
"The civic body has instructed the ganesh mandals to be on high alert and keep an eye on suspicious activities and if required our security personnel will be deployed at
important mandals," Kulkarni said.
Kulkarni further said, the municipal security personnel of the BMC are posted for duties at several corporation-run places including hospitals, ward offices,
schools and colleges among other places.
"Policing the ganesh mandals is not our job. It is the job of the police and the home department. We have asked the Ganesh mandals to take necessary precautionary steps during the festival like installing CCTVs and metal detectors," Additional Municipal Commissioner Madhav Sangle said.
"We have also asked the mandals to provide training to their volunteers as well. We would try and ensure that the volunteers would be trained by various officials in handling emergency situations as there is always a huge turn-out during
this festival in the metropolis," Sangle said.
"We would use Coast Guard services like naval boats to be brought in on immersion days at important beaches in the city," he said.
However, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) K L Prasad said, "As of now I do not want to comment on security as the festival is 23 days away from now and we would make an official announcement about providing security arrangements at Ganesh mandals a week ago."
Mumbai: In the wake of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) report of a possible threat on the western coast, the civic body is leaving no stone unturned and has appealed to all Ganesh mandals in the city to be proactive and co-operate with the police department with security measures.
First Published: Sunday, August 02, 2009, 16:03