GEARING UP for the immersion processions of Ganesh idols, which marks the end of the 10-day Ganesh festival, the Pune city police have unveiled a plan for security arrangements and traffic diversions for Thursday.
Pune police have said that in addition to over 1,200 closed circuit TV cameras keeping a watch on the city, as many as 113 additional cameras have been installed on the important procession routes of the Ganesh Visarjan. Along with staff from the local police stations, additional staff from police headquarters, city police commssionerate and reserved police will also be deployed.
Police officials said that entire staff of the traffic control branch will be on the roads to man the traffic and processions. The traffic branch has released a list of roads, which will be closed for traffic till the processions get over the next day. Shivaji Road and Laxmi Road will remain closed from 7 am, while Bagade Road, Guru Nanak Road, Tilak Road will remain closed from 9 am onwards.
Ganesh Road and Kelkar Road will remain closed from 10 am while Bajirao Road, Kumthekar Road and Shastri Road will remain closed from 12 noon. Jangli Maharaj Road, Karve Road, Fergusson College Road, Bhandarkar Road, Pune-Satara Road and Prabhat Road will remain closed for traffic from 4 pm onwards.
The points on important roads, from where the traffic will be diverted are Balgandharva Chowk on Jangli Maharaj Road, Good Luck Chowk for Fergusson College Road, Gadgil statue for Shivaji Road, Volga Square for Satara Road, Savarkar statue for Bajirao road and Nal Stop for Karve Road. Additional parking spaces have been created at HV Desai College in Shaniwar Peth, Pulachi Wadi on the river bank, Daruwala Bridge to Khadiche Maidan on Ganesh Road, Congress Bhavan on PMC Road, Hamalwada Parking in Narayan Peth.