Bhubaneswar:The Twin City Commissionerate Police has made tight security arrangements for peaceful celebration of the Zero Night to welcome New Year 2024.
Speaking to media persons here, Police Commissioner Saumendra Priyadarshi said Bhubaneswar DCP had called a meeting with concerned stakeholders including hotel and apartment owners. They have directed to abide by the deadline issued for the celebration. The organisers have been asked to monitor liquor consumption, he said
The citizens of the twin cities (Bhubaneswar and Cuttack) are eagerly waiting for the New Year. So, a lot of parties will be organised at various hotels, clubs, pubs and apartments, he said.
To ensure that the Zero Night celebration passes peacefully, more than 50 platoons of police force will be deployed in twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, he said.
“Ensuring that the celebrations remain peaceful, we will deploy more mobile patrols to reduce our response time. The supervising officials have been sensitized about this. All the inspectors in-charge of police stations and ACPs will be patrolling on the roads on the Zero Night,” Shri Priyadarshi said.
The CP further said that patrolling and block-checking have been increased in the twin cities to keep a check on trouble makers.
Appealing to the citizens of the twin cities to enjoy the Zero Night within the limits of the law, the Police Commissioner warned that strong actions will be taken against road rage and drunk driving.
Earlier, Bhubaneswar DCP Prateek Singh said that Zero Night celebrations in all the hotels, clubs, and bars in the capital city will be allowed till 12.30 am on January 1. Hotels/bars are required to seek special permission to extend celebrations till 1.30 am, he said.
The organizers have been directed to ensure that the number of guests doesn’t exceed their capacity limits, proper functioning of CCTV cameras, and deployment of additional staff at parking points and arrangements to drop the guests who may be in a drunken state at home. If necessary, organizers are advised to have an ambulance on standby, the DCP added.