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People throng the Marina beach to celebrate Kaanum Pongal festival, Kaanum Pongal is an occasion when people head out for sightseeing, eating out and meeting relatives. This year too, people thronged the same old locations.
If there was one place where all of Chennai seemed to be at on Tuesday, it probably was the Marina Beach. Thousands of people visited the beach through the day, unmindful of the blazing sun. But not just the Marina. Most of the public transport services were packed with groups of people who travelled long distances to the Marina, Elliot’s beach, Ashtalakshmi beach and New beach in Adyar zone.
Chennai Corporation officials said: “We stationed mobile toilets on the Marina, erected barricades and watchtowers.”
According to the police, over 135 children were lost and found in different beaches in the city with the help of wrist tags that were provided to the families by the Chennai city police before they entered the beach. Thousands of policemen were deployed in the beaches alone to ensure a safe celebration. “Policemen were posted near all the statues along the Marina to provide wrist tags to the children. The tags carried the number of police inspectors and number of the parent,” said a senior police officer.
“We used drones to monitor the crowd and we sent the necessary strength based on the crowd in a particular spot on the beach. All Terrain Vehicles were also deployed to ensure that people did not venture into the sea. We had made elaborate security arrangements and also conducted rehearsals,” said A.K. Viswanathan, City Police Commissioner.
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