Two months before the Kumbh Mela starts, the Mumbai traffic police have begun training the state police personnel to control traffic during the days of the Mela. “Our officers have been asked to train with officers in Nashik in preparation for the Kumbh Mela. Depending on the requirements of the office of director general, we will send more officers to train the personnel,” said Milind Bharambe, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
An officer, who attended the training, said, “Our first session was on May 4 with a batch of 70 officers in which the basics of traffic in various scenarios were taught and extensively discussed. Traffic rules are an integral part in maintaining law and order and to avoid any lapses, many officers are being trained on the same.” According to the officers, another batch of 80 is being trained by Mumbai’s police’s traffic department in Nashik since Monday.
According to Special Inspector General Law and Order (Maharashtra) Prabhat Kumar, “adequate arrangements” are being taken since “people from various parts of the country will be visiting Nashik for the Mela”. “Since the location is Nashik, we are anticipating that people will also visit nearby religious places such as Shirdi. In addition to the police officers being trained, NGOs in Nashik have been roped in to assist. The volunteers from these groups are being trained in traffic management,” Kumar added.
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Kumar said that correspondence between various departments in the state force was underway. “The Range IG is in-charge of many field operations and also the Highway Safety Patrol have initiated preparations. We anticipate that a lot of visitors will be using the using the highways,” Kumar said. According to officers, the department is involving “all possible field units of the state police”. Kumbh Mela will begin on July 15 and will end in September.