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
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.