Mandals open coffers for safety of devotees

With Ganpati festival commencing next week,mandals are going all out to ensure safety of devotees

Written by ABDULLAH NURULLAH | Mumbai | Published: September 6, 2013 2:01 am

With Ganpati festival commencing next week,mandals are going all out to ensure safety of devotees.

Brihanmumbai Sarvojanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS) has made fire safety and CCTV surveillance mandatory and requested mandals to comply with the noise limit of 55 dB during day and 45 dB at night.

BSGSS president Naresh Dahibawkar said,“Boys and girls above 13 years will be denied entry if they wear shorts or skirts above knee-length.”

GSB Seva Mandal in Matunga,with an insurance cover of Rs 223 crore,is expected to receive more than 3.5 lakh devotees. Senior trustee of the mandal,Satish Nayak said,“We will install 48 CCTV cameras around our pandal,which will have six gates with metal detectors. Participants will be frisked by 1,200 male and female volunteers along with 470 security guards.”

A playground beside the pandal will be used for evacuation if required. The mandal will use loudspeakers only for announcements,not for playing film music,Nayak added.

Inspector Raghavendra Thakur who trained volunteers from all Matunga mandals,said,“We trained 10 volunteers each from 82 mandals in my area. They have been shown the basics of bomb detection,crowd control and disaster management.”

Lalbaugcha Raja mandal,which is expected to receive 1.5 crore devotees plans to install 80 CCTV cameras,said Sudhir Salvi,secretary of Lalbaugcha Raja Trust.

Andhericha Raja mandal with an expected turnout of over 15 lakh will be manned by 370 volunteers. Its spokesperson Uday Salian said,“Our volunteers are equipped with walkie-talkies and hand-held bomb detectors.”

Khetwadicha Ganraj mandal will use 30 CCTVs to monitor more than 25 lakh devotees. “In addition,six digital cameras will record and relay proceedings on the mandal website,” said the mandal joint secretary Ganesh Mathur.

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