Mumbai has been placed on high alert ahead of the New Year, with central agencies reporting on a possible security threat to the financial capital.
Mumbai has been placed on high alert ahead of the New Year, with central agencies reporting on a possible security threat to the financial capital. According to sources, Mumbai police officers’ vacations or weekly off have been cancelled, and a heavy deployment has been ordered across the financial capital on New Year’s Eve.
There will be a large deployment in Mumbai, particularly at major stations such as Dadar, Bandra Churchgate, CSMT, and Kurla. “More than 3000 railway officers will be deployed tomorrow,” Mumbai Railway Commissioner Quaiser Khalid said.
During the New Year’s celebrations in Mumbai, Section 144 was activated.
Meanwhile, prohibitory orders under CrPC section 144 were imposed in Mumbai for the New Year due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Parties in any closed or open space, including restaurants, hotels, bars, pubs, resorts, and clubs, are prohibited under the imposition, which will be in effect from December 30 to January 7.
There must be no New Year’s Eve celebrations, ceremonies, parties, or other activities held in a confined or open space.
From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., no gatherings of more than five people are permitted in public places.
For weddings, social, political, religious events, or ceremonies, a maximum of 100 people are allowed in confined spaces. In open spaces, a maximum of 250 people or 25% of the capacity, whichever is lower, is allowed.
Places with permanent seating arrangements are allowed to use 50% of their capacity, whereas places with non-permanent seating arrangements are only allowed to use 25%.
All restaurants, gyms, spas, cinemas, and theatres are limited to 50% of their capacity. The sanctioned full capacity as well as the 50% capacity should be noted on all such establishments.
At sporting and event venues, only 25% of the seating capacity is permitted.