Ahead of Ganpati festival starting September 17, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has agreed to consider a request by Ganesh mandals in Pune to allow use of loudspeakers for six days during the festival, according to Pune district collector Saurabh Rao who attended a meeting with the CM on Monday.
Till 2013, loudspeakers were allowed only for five days during Ganpati festival in Pune. Last year, the collector had extended it to six days.
In Mumbai, use of loudspeakers during Ganpati festival is restricted to four days.
“The government is willing to examine whether loudspeakers can be allowed for six days in both cities,” Rao said, adding that a decision on allowing loudspeakers till midnight will also be taken.
While Supreme Court guidelines prohibit use of loudspeakers between 10 pm and 6 am, the Union government has granted a relaxation on any 15 days of the year, to be decided by state governments for cultural and religious festivals.
Meanwhile, an official said that all the urban local bodies in the state have been asked to set up a single-window system for Ganpati mandals to give various clearances from police, traffic, fire brigade, civic body, state electricity board etc.