Police tell pandal owners to keep strict vigil and avoid overcrowding

Pune police have urged Ganesh mandals to keep a strict vigil and avoid overcrowding in and around pandals during the 10-day festival

Written by Sushant Kulkarni | Pune | Published:September 3, 2013 1:51 am

Pune police have urged Ganesh mandals to keep a strict vigil and avoid overcrowding in and around pandals during the 10-day festival.

Officers from the special branch and local police stations have recently concluded meetings with mandal heads and local peace committee members from various areas in Pune. Police officers said that the mandals were told about the threats received and were given instructions to avoid any untoward incident.

Deputy commissioner of police (Special Branch) M B Tambade said,“We have urged all mandals to install CCTVs. They have also been told to deploy volunteers to keep a watch.

Tambade added,“Overcrowding is one of the major challenges. We have urged mandals to put up barricades to create separate lanes for men and women who come for darshan. As the number of visitors increases on certain days of the festival,mandals have been asked to deploy more volunteers on those days.”

Police have given special instructions to mandals to arrange parking space at a safe distance. “From the point of view of the possibility of terror acts,vehicles must be kept at a distance from pandals.” Tambade added.

Deputy commissioner of police (Traffic control branch) Vishwas Pandhare said,“A plan for traffic arrangements has been made. The maps for diversions will be released soon.”

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