Crowd Management – UPSC GS3

Ex. of incidents :

  • 27 people crushed to death on the banks of River Godavari when crowd surged towards the Ghat.
  • More than 100 people in Kerala temple firecracker tragedy
Crowd management is necessary to manage various festivals, gatherings etc.
Understanding the dimensions of Planning
  • Flow regulation
  • Maintaining steady flow by manning entry-exit points, unidirectional flow etc.
  • Provisions for sudden increase
  • Provisions for unforeseen emergencies like fire etc.
  • Signage, Announcements and volunteers to assist
  • Monitoring (CCTV etc.)
Use of Technology:
Use of video analytics. Video analytics would help security agencies get timely alerts when large crowds build up. It is being used in railway stations on trial basis.



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