Bengaluru: 7,000 Cops To Be Vigilant For Safe New Year Celebrations; Metro, BMTC Buses To Be Functional Till 2 AM

Bengaluru: 7,000 Cops To Be Vigilant For Safe New Year Celebrations; Metro, BMTC Buses To Be Functional Till 2 AMPeople enjoy a new year eve party (Representative image) (Pramod Thakur/Hindustan Times via GettyImages) 

About 7,000 security personnel would be vigilant on the streets across this tech hub on Tuesday night to rein in New Year's Eve revellers and prevent untoward incidents, a top police official said on Monday (30 December).

"About 7,000 police personnel will be on extra vigil across the city to ensure peaceful New Year eve celebration and safety of the revellers from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning," Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said in a statement.

Besides heavy police deployment, CCTVs and drones were being installed in the city's central business district, especially on M G Road and Brigade Road to monitor thousands of revellers ushering in the New Year happily and peacefully.

"Traffic will be regulated and parking of vehicles, including two-wheelers will be banned on the main streets in the city centre from 8pm on 31 December to 6am on 1 January to prevent jams and ensure better vehicular movement," Rao said in a statement.

Vehicles will not be allowed on flyovers across the city from 9pm on Tuesday to 6am on Wednesday to avoid drunken and dangerous driving and prevent mishaps.

"About 270 Hoysala patrolling vehicles will be on duty to conduct special drives for preventing drunken driving and traffic snarls as thousands of cars and bikes will be on roads for the occasion," Rao said.

As drunken driving cause road mishaps leading to fatal injuries, Rao warned motorists and two-wheeler riders of filing criminal cases against offenders under section 279 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) for rash or negligent driving endangering life.

Rao has also advised girls and women to be vigilant and ensure their safety if going out alone or in groups.

"As anti-social elements and miscreants take advantage of the people gathering in public places on such occasions, girls or women should be careful about their safety and security and avoid interacting with strangers who may cause harm or harass them," asserted Rao.

Restaurants, eateries, pubs and bars will be allowed to remain open an extra hour till 2am of Wednesday across the city.

Meanwhile, the state-run Bengaluru Metropolitan Road Transport Corporation and Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation have decide to extend their bus and metro services up to 2am on Wednesday.

"Metro rail services will be operated for every 15 minutes from 11.30pm on Tuesday to 2am on Wednesday for commuters using public transport," the corporations said in a statement.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)