Cops to take strict ac­tion against vi­o­la­tors

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com A stu­dent cel­e­brates Dahi Handi. Rad­cliffe school stu­dents cel­e­brate Jan­mas­thami.

In or­der to en­sure that Dahi Handi squads and Sar­va­janik Ganesh Man­dals fol­low the rules and the re­stric­tions put forth by the gov­ern­ment and the Supreme Court, the Navi Mum­bai po­lice have held meet­ings with the of­fice bear­ers of these or­gan­i­sa­tions. The meet­ings were held in both zone I and zone II ar­eas of the city.

Speak­ing about the move, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (DCP) Vish­was Pand­hare said, “There are around 150 man­dals in Pan­vel taluka. Dahi Handi, Ganeshot­sav, Navra­tri and other such fes­ti­vals are cel­e­brated on a large scale in ur­ban ar­eas of Pan­vel. These cel­e­bra­tions of­ten lead to prob­lems for the res­i­dents as they take over pub­lic space. Also, there is noise pol­lu­tion due to the loud mu­sic played at some of the venues dur­ing this pe­riod that af­fects the health of se­nior cit­i­zens and the con­cen­tra­tion of stu­dents.”

He added, “These meet­ings were held so to pre­vent such sit­u­a­tions and to spread aware­ness about the Supreme Court or­ders on the fes­tiv­i­ties.”

The po­lice have warned the man­dals that strict ac­tion would be taken against those vi­o­lat­ing the norms.

Pand­hare said, “An anti­noise pol­lu­tion squad has been formed in ev­ery po­lice sta­tion. The se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of the po­lice sta­tion and three other po­lice per­son­nel are a part of each of these squads. The as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice of the re­gion will have the over­all con­trol of the squads.”

The DCP warned the man­dal or­gan­is­ers against cre­at­ing trou­ble while col­lect­ing do­na­tion. “The of­fi­cer bear­ers of the man­dals should make sure that there are no is­sues and no one is forced to pay for the fes­ti­val. They should also en­sure that there is enough space for fire en­gines and am­bu­lances to reach or pass the man­dals in case there is an emer­gency.”

Sim­i­lar steps have also been taken in zone I area. The deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice zone I, Prashant Khaire said, “We have told the man­dals that they need to strictly fol­low the norms laid down by the court and the gov­ern­ment. There should be no en­croach­ment of pub­lic places, res­i­dents should not face any prob­lems and there should be no traf­fic is­sues.”

He added, “We have also asked the man­dals to take nec­es­sary se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions to pre­vent any un­to­ward in­ci­dent.” Stu­dents of As­mita Spe­cial School cel­e­brate Dahi Handi at Kopar Khairane.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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