Cops get 500 com­plaints on Twit­ter Thane’s grand Dahi Handi cel­e­bra­tion to lose lus­tre

IN SIX MONTHS Po­lice dept has in­creased their pres­ence in dig­i­tal world through Face­book, mo­bile app and What­sApp

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com Megha Pol and Pad­mja Sinha megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Gone are the days when one had to sit in a po­lice sta­tion for hours to meet a subin­spec­tor and lodge a com­plaint.

Thanks to ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, the po­lice are just a click away.

The Navi Mumbai po­lice launched their Twit­ter ac­count on Jan­uary 26 to com­mu­ni­cate with the res­i­dents and solve their is­sues in­stantly.

Till Au­gust 15, the po­lice re­ceived over 500 com­plaints apart from many sug­ges­tions on their Twit­ter ac­count. And around 80% of these com­plaints were re­lated to traf­fic is­sues.

“If a res­i­dent no­tices a vi­o­la­tion of the traf­fic norms, he or she tweets us along with a pic­ture of that spot or the ve­hi­cle. Our spe­cial team which mon­i­tors to Twit­ter han­dle im­me­di­ately alerts of­fi­cers. Apart from traf­fic is­sues, we are also re­ceiv­ing other com­plaints on it, but their num­ber is not so much,” said Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime).

The po­lice depart­ment has in­creased their pres­ence in the dig­i­tal world through other medi­ums such as Face­book, mo­bile app and What­sApp in the past six to seven months.

For giv­ing in­for­ma­tion on var­i­ous top­ics such as pass­port, rules for for­eign res­i­dents, miss­ing per­sons, stolen ve­hi­cles, uniden­ti­fied bod­ies among others they are ag­gres­sively us­ing their web­site which was launched in Novem­ber last year. If any­one has queries he can con­tact the po­lice by drop­ping a mes­sage on the web­site. He can con­tact the of­fi­cers by tak­ing phone num­bers from the site.

The What­sApp num­bers have not been as pop­u­lar as the Twit­ter ac­counts. The po­lice have re­ceived around 250 com­plaints and sug­ges­tions on the mo­bile phone mes­sen­ger. “We are also re­ceiv­ing a good re­sponse on Face­book. Our mo­bile apps are mainly for safety of women and peo­ple in distress,” Sawant said.

He said, “The big­gest ad­van­tage of in­tro­duc­ing the dig­i­tal medi­ums is that peo­ple don’t have to go to po­lice sta­tion for mi­nor is­sues. We try to solve the is­sues as soon as we get a mes­sage.”

“If res­i­dents have any com­plaints about our of­fi­cials or if they learn about cor­rup­tion of any of­fi­cer or any un­scrupu­lous nexus with any­one, they can also write to us on any of these medi­ums. We will take the req­ui­site mea­sures for that too. Thus, the sys­tem has be­come trans­par­ent and res­i­dent-friendly now,” he said. 8424820686 8424820665. 1093 103 7738393839 18002002122

The de­ci­sion of the Supreme Court to up­hold the Bom­bay high court’s re­stric­tions on Dahi Handi cel­e­bra­tion has not gone down well with the or­gan­is­ers and Govin­das in Thane and Kalyan.

The city which has set a world record for high­est pyra­mid in Dahi Handi cel­e­bra­tion is set to see an­other year of toned down cel­e­bra­tions.

The apex court on Wed­nes­day ruled that the height of the hu­man pyra­mid should not ex­ceed 20 feet. More­over, it also or­dered that no Govinda be­low18 years would be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in form­ing the pyra­mid. The gov­ern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra had ap­proached the apex court to seek clar­ity on the is­sue last week.

Last year, the Bom­bay high court had given the same rul­ing lead­ing to the cancellation of many Dahi Handi cel­e­bra­tions in the city.

NCP leader Jitendra Awhad, whose or­gan­i­sa­tion Sang­harsh usu­ally holds grand Dahi Handi cel­e­bra­tions in the city had can­celled the event last year fol­low­ing the court’s or­der. Awhad told Hin­dus­tan Times, “It is ex­tremely un­for­tu­nate that the cel­e­bra­tion is marred with re­stric­tions. We will not or­gan­ise Dahi Handi this year as well.” He fur­ther added, “These fes­ti­vals are our tra­di­tion and we can­not stop cel­e­brat­ing them al­to­gether. We will now have to change the way we cel­e­brate fes­ti­vals and in­fuse new ele­ments in them.”

The NCP leg­is­la­tor added that the apex court was right in putting the re­stric­tions as the fes­ti­val was be­com­ing life threat­en­ing for the par­tic­i­pants un­der the garb of com­pet­i­tive­ness.

Sena MLA Pratap Sar­naik, who or­gan­ises Dahi handi un­der the San­skruti Pratishthan too said that Dahi Handi cel­e­bra­tions this year would be a lowkey af­fair like it was in 2015. “We were ex­pect­ing that the apex court will ease the Bom­bay high court’s norms. But we have still not lost hope as the next hear­ing is set for Oc­to­ber when the state will present a bet­ter case. The de­ci­sion has dis­heart­ened the Govin­das and the Dahi Handi or­gan­is­ers in the city.”

Sar­naik said that this year his or­gan­i­sa­tion would cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val abid­ing by the height re­stric­tions for the hu­man pyra­mid set by the Supreme Court. “We will abide by the norm of keep­ing the pyra­mid lim­ited to four to five tiers. I was never in favour of al­low­ing Govin­das younger than 18 to par­tic­i­pate in these events so this part of the de­ci­sion is wel­come. But we want the court to ease the pyra­mid’s height re­stric­tion,” Sar­naik added.

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