Heightened security measures, elaborate CCTV vigil for Dasara in Mysuru


Police help desks have been set up at 8 locations in the city to help the tourists by providing them with information about Dasara programs

Police help desks have been set up at 8 locations in the city to help the tourists by providing them with information about Dasara programs

The extensive use of police personnel and video recording by CCTV cameras, body-worn cameras and drone cameras are part of heightened security measures for the ten-day Dasara festival, which will begin on September 26 with the inauguration by President Droupadi Murmu.

City Police Commissioner Chandragupta discusses a program.

City Police Commissioner Chandragupta discusses a program. | Photo credit: MA Sriram

Chandragupta, the city’s police commissioner, briefed reporters in Mysuru on Saturday and said 24-hour video recordings will be available to authorities not only from the 59 CCTV cameras permanently installed at transport hubs around the city, and from the 110 , installed along the procession route from Mysuru Palace to the Torch Light Parade Grounds in Bannimantap, but also the 13,140 CCTV cameras installed by the public under the Karnataka Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Act 2017.

A Mobile Command Center bus equipped with CCTV cameras, body-worn cameras, long-distance videography and photography will be deployed for the Dasara Festival. All police personnel deployed at Mysuru Palace and Bannimantap entrances will be equipped with body worn cameras. Video footage from those cameras is recorded at the Mobile Command Center, he said.

There will also be drone camera surveillance at all Dasara program venues, Mr Chandragupta said.

A total of 5,485 police officers, including 1,255 from Mysuru city, 3,580 from different districts and 650 home guards, are deployed across the city as part of Dasara’s security precautions.

Police personnel with bullhorns are posted on raised platforms at city vantage points and Dasara program venues to monitor crowd movement and enforce discipline.

Police information offices

Police helpdesks have been set up at 8 locations in the city to assist tourists with information on Dasara programs, traffic restrictions, one-way rules, parking, etc. Police staff at the helpdesks also help the general public with other complaints by escalating them to the relevant police station, he added.

The police helpdesks are open every day from 26 September to 5 October from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Police helpdesks will be located at Jagjivan Ram Circle near City Railway Station, Varaha Gate of Mysuru Palace, KR Circle, St. Rural Bus Stand, Gandhi Square, Mysuru Zoo and Dasara Exhibition Main Entrance.

lodges

Police will also monitor guests checking into lodges through unannounced checks. The lodge administrations have also been informed of the security measures that will be in place during the Dasara festival.

The police will carry out unannounced checks and use fingerprint scanners to find out whether guests have been involved in criminal cases in the past.



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