Pune: Top cop warns Ganesh mandals to not flout noise norms

The 10-day Ganesh festival in the city starts on Monday

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published:September 4, 2016 12:48 am
Devotees throng Tulashibaug to buy puja merchandise ahead of the Ganesh festival and for Gauri Ganpati rituals. Express Photo by Pavan Khengre Devotees throng Tulashibaug to buy puja merchandise ahead of the Ganesh festival and for Gauri Ganpati rituals. Express Photo by Pavan Khengre

Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla on Saturday warned Ganesh mandals of action if they flout noise norms by playing big loudspeakers during the 10-day Ganesh festival that begins on Monday.

At a press conference, Shukla said the police had also banned fire-crackers creating a noise of over 146 decibels. “Police teams would use decibel meters for identifying those causing violation,” she said.

An 8,000-strong police force, including two additional commissioners, 16 deputy commissioners, 40 assistant commissioners, 179 inspectors, 600 assistant inspectors and sub-inspectors, would be deployed to control law and order in the city during the festival. About 500 home guards and three companies of state reserve police force would also be deployed, she said.

Shukla said the city has 4,419 registered Ganesh mandals and police have held 187 peace committee meetings the view of Ganesh festival. Police have also formed Whatsapp group for sharing information with Ganesh mandal authorities.

As many as 113 CCTV cameras have been installed on the procession routes. Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) would be conducting frequent checks at various locations. Also, Ganesh mandals have been asked to install security gadgets like metal detectors and CCTV cameras.

Police have appealed the people to avoid wearing costly jewellery while moving in crowd during the festival and call the police about any suspicious activities and objects.

Meanwhile, the traffic would be diverted and closed on certain roads during the festival. The stretch between Jiajamata square to Phadke Hhaud and between Gadgil Putala chowk to Gotiram Bhaiya chowk on Shivaji road will be closed for traffic.

‘Give way to ambulance’ campaign

The Pune city police would be carrying out a campaign for helping the people in need of immediate medical help during the Ganesh festival. Police said a campaign named “give way to ambulance” would be carried out during the festival.

GPS tracker for crowd management

Police have decided to install GPS trackers on the procession routes for important Ganesh mandals in the city.