South Goa Police deploy 900 personnel to regulate traffic along beaches and tourist hotspots; Calangute police to deploy 150 staff along the coastal belt
MARGAO/MAPUSA: South Goa police have made elaborate plans to tackle the heavy road traffic on Sunday as it is the New Year’s Eve and there will be a rush to the various beaches by tourists arriving to celebrate New Year in the State.
Around 900 police personnel will be deployed on duty on Sunday evening to control and manage the traffic all over. While around 600 personnel are police, 200 are from the traffic cell and another 100 are to be deployed through five battalions of the IRB.
A new team of traffic police headed by an inspector has been prepared to cover the areas from Benaulim to Cavelossim where a lot of tourists are expected. Elaborate parking arrangements are being made to deal with the traffic at Colva where the widened road is proving to be a blessing.
In fact, the police are considering stopping interstate buses at the Kadamba bus stand and provide shuttle service from there to Colva to manage the crowd. A strong police force will be posted at Cortalim to deal with the traffic snarls expected there especially in view of the road work undertaken there.
Police have identified four main places where the tourists will flock namely Bogmalo, Colva, Benaulim and Palolem and these places will have a strong police presence. Besides, other places where armed pickets will be posted are identified like Majorda, Sernabatim and Cavelossim.
The police will also establish 60 nakabandi points in South Goa. “Our aim is to provide security to the tourists and prevent pick pocketing, eve teasing, etc. Any person found causing nuisance or disturbance will be placed under arrest,” said Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas.
All the mobile police control rooms and ‘Robins’ who are police personnel on motorcycles, will also be doing the rounds throughout the night, he said.
Besides, all the churches around Margao including the Fatorda and Navelim will be covered extensively by police and also the party places like Woodborne, Clube Harmonia, etc.
Meanwhile, Calangute police have tightened security for New Year celebration in Calangute to prevent untoward incidents. PI Jivba Dalvi said that Goa being a top tourist destination, it is always a target for anti-social elements. To avoid any criminal incident, he said, special watch towers have been erected at major points such as St Alex Church, Baga end, Mambos Junction, Café Coffee Day and Candolim beach. Two police staff with long range rifles and binoculars would be deployed on these watch towers. The three entry points will have nakabandi for checking the vehicles and tourists entering Calangute and Candolim. Special squad has been deployed to apprehend offenders. Police patrolling will be also conducted on every beach to keep a tight watch on tourists and visitors. A total of 150 staff would be deployed along coastal stretch of Calangute and IRBs has been deployed to meet emergencies.