Cops to take strict action against violators
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.