Kaanum Pongal arrangements in Chennai

The City Police have made detailed arrangements to ensure that people on the beaches, including the Marina, and other prominent places in the city celebrate Kaanum Pongal peacefully, without incident.

Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan has instructed that gangbust arrangements will be directly supervised by joint police commissioners.

"Out of the 10,000 police personnel, 5,000 will be deployed on Marina Beach, Kamarajar Salai and surrounding areas, while the remaining officers will be in service in amusement parks or locations where people are expected to gather in large numbers," Mr. Viswanathan said in a press release.

Seven medical ambulances and two vehicles from the Fire and Rescue Services Department will be stationed here. In addition, motorboats and about 140 swimmers will be deployed at the beach for rescue services.

Thirteen temporary watchtowers were erected on the beach. At least three staff will continuously monitor the movement using binoculars and share information with the main control room through walkie-talkies and WhatsApp, as well as alerting people through public address systems.

Three drone cameras and 12 CCTV devices with high-resolution cameras will live-stream the movement of people to control rooms from the beach area. Since bathing in the sea is prohibited, the water area has been barricaded and the police will continue to monitor the area.

In order to tackle the problem of children getting lost in the crowd, the police in temporary help centers will make children wear bands on their arms, with the details and mobile numbers of their parents.

Patrol officers will also be sent to places where people are likely to meet, such as Guindy Children's Park, Island Grounds, amusement parks and shopping centres.