Even as the 10-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival began formally,city police continued to check revelers by seizing music systems and checking their decibel (dB) levels.
Fatehgunj police reportedly seized a music system from a padal in Nizampura area for playing music aloud. However,pandal organisers and local residents strongly protested the police action. In the face of the opposition,police checked sound levels of system and later returned to the organisers.
We asked the organisers not to exceed the permissible sound level and the issue has been sorted out, a police official of Fatehgunj said.
Similarly,tempers had flared on Tuesday night in many areas of the city during installation processions of Lord Ganesha when city police seized around nine music systems for breaching pollution norms and notification of city police commissioner.
Vadi police took into their custody three systems accompanying three procession near Gandi Gate area. However,pandal organisers placed Ganesha idols right in the middle of the busy road and resumed the procession only after police returned their music systems.
In Karelibaug area too,police seized a music system at around 7 pm near Bright School on VIP road and booked four persons for violating Noise Pollution Rules 2000,and relevant sections of Environment Protection Act 1996 and IPC. Despite intervention of local politicians,Karelibaug police did return the music system.
We have seized music system worth Rs 1.5 lakh and a truck on which the system was loaded, Karelibaug police inspector S M Varotaria said.
Sayajigunj police too initially seized two systems but released them after checking their sound levels. Gotri and Fatehgunj police too stopped music but had to back down in the face of opposition.
According to Central Pollution Control Board norms,noise of more than 45 dB at night and 55 dB during day time is not permissible.
The Ganesh Chaturthi festivities started on Wednesday with inauguration of pandals formal installation of the idols. Around 2,000 pandals have been registered with Vadodara police this year.