Take le­gal power con­nec­tion: Firm to man­dals

KEEP­ING TABS MSEDCL forms women’s squad of engi­neers to con­duct ran­dom checks at man­dals; Pan­vel to keep a check on noise by dis­tribut­ing deci­bel me­ters

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan and Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Maharashtra State Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (MSEDCL) has started pro­vid­ing tem­po­rary elec­tric­ity con­nec­tions to Sar­va­janik Ganesh man­dals in the city for the 10-day fes­ti­val start­ing on Mon­day.

Elec­tric dec­o­ra­tion and mu­si­cal in­stru­ments at man­dals dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions con­sume con­sid­er­able amount of power.

The power dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany has com­menced pro­vid­ing tem­po­rary elec­tric con­nec­tions to man­dals, so that they do not re­sort to tap­ping power il­le­gally.

Every year, Gan­pati man­dals col­lect huge do­na­tions from cit­i­zens and spend lakhs of ru­pees on dec­o­ra­tion, but many do not bother to take an au­tho­rised power con­nec­tion. They usu­ally plug in their wires to the street lights or tap elec­tric­ity from house­hold con­nec­tions.

To curb such power thefts, MSEDCL had an­nounced that it will pro­vide them with power at a cheaper rate.

The MSEDCL called upon the office bear­ers of man­dals to take the dis­counted con­nec­tions to keep safety in check.

“MSEDCL has formed a women’s squad ‘Damini’, con­sist­ing of women engi­neers to con­duct ran­dom checks at man­dals in or­der to curb power thefts,” said MSEDCL Pan­vel divi­sion en­gi­neer, BD Gosavi.

“Man­dals can ap­ply on­line for a tem­po­rary util­ity con­nec­tion at MSEDCL’s web­site, along with a no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate. They can get the con­nec­tion after de­posit­ing money and sub­mit­ting es­sen­tial doc­u­ments,” he added.

Mean­while, of­fi­cials from the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (PMC) in­formed that they are going to dispatch five noise mon­i­tor­ing me­ters to the Pan­vel po­lice and the Pan­vel traf­fic depart­ment.

“We are going to give noise mon­i­tor­ing me­ters to the po­lice and traf­fic depart­ment soon. We have al­ready no­ti­fied the or­gan­is­ers to fol­low the pre­scribed sound lim­its along with other restric­tions,” said Mangesh Chi­tle, chief officer of PMC.

As per rules, the sound lim­its set dur­ing day for si­lence zones is 50 dB , com­mer­cial ar­eas is 65dB and res­i­den­tial area is 55dB, while in the night it is 40dB for the si­lence zones, 55dB for com­mer­cial ar­eas and 45dB for res­i­den­tial ar­eas. The poster at DJ Ra­jesh Anand’s house at Vashi spreads mes­sage of or­gan do­na­tion.

The ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment of Navi Mumbai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has an­nounced a five-day hol­i­day for civic and pri­vate schools in the city dur­ing Ganeshot­sav, till Gauri vis­ar­jan. It has also asked to post­pone ex­am­i­na­tions to be con­ducted dur­ing this pe­riod.

City pres­i­dent of Maharashtra Navnir­man Vid­yarthi Sena (MNVS), stu­dent wing of MNS, Sav­inay Mha­tre had writ­ten to mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner and the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment ask­ing for dec­la­ra­tion of hol­i­days dur­ing Ganeshot­sav.

“Thou­sands of res­i­dents from Konkan and west­ern Maharashtra travel to their vil­lages for Ganeshot­sav, ” said Mha­tre.

“De­spite the in­struc­tions by state gov­ern­ment with re­gard to the hol­i­days, some schools had not been com­ply­ing. Hence, we have been fol­low­ing up on the is­sue in ad­vance,” he added.

An NMMC ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cial con­firmed the news.

“We have de­clared a five-day hol­i­day for all aided and un­aided schools from the first day of Ganeshot­sav till Gauri im­mer­sion day,” he said.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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