Bhubaneswar, Oct 20: Odisha's capital will be enveloped in a tight security arrangement in these six days, commencing on October 20, to maintain order and avert any untoward incidents during the upcoming Durga Puja and Dussehra festivals.
Addressing the media, Commissioner of Police (CP) Saumendra Priyadarshi said that 31 police platoons would be deployed throughout the city, where grand Durga Puja celebrations are scheduled at 188 locations. Priyadarshi emphasized that the puja pandals have been categorized into three groups, each receiving corresponding security and crowd management resources.
The security forces, guided by 12 Additional Deputy Commissioners of Police, 23 Assistant Commissioners of Police, 41 inspectors, 151 Assistant Sub-Inspectors, 12 traffic officers, 500 constables, and over 200 home guards, will ensure extensive coverage of the city with the aid of CCTV surveillance.
The CP further noted that control centers have been established at six different locations in the city, with rapid response teams ready to intervene when necessary. Stringent roadblocks and inspections will be implemented during Durga Puja celebrations, accompanied by traffic restrictions, particularly restricting heavy vehicles on the main city roads.
The Commissionerate Police has provided a toll-free number for the public to report any instances of solicitation for Durga Puja donations. "Bhubaneswar DCP will oversee the entire security arrangement round the clock," Priyadarshi added, while urging residents to take precautions for the safety of their homes when venturing out during the Durga Puja festivities.