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Permission needed for Ganesh pandals: police chief

Posted by on August 6, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: The city police on Saturday made it clear that the Ganesh idols can only be installed in public places only after the organizers obtain prior written permission from the concerned Divisional Assistant Commissioner of Police.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner AK Khan said that the Ganesh Festival, set to commence from September 1 this year with the installation of idols, will conclude ten days later on September 11, with the final immersion procession.

The police department will take several regulatory measures to maintain peace, tranquility and public order, Mr Khan said.

The city police chief ordered that the Ganesh idols can be installed in public places in various localities of the city, only after obtaining prior permission in writing from the concerned Divisional Assistant Commissioners of Police. Separate permission will have to be sought for each Ganesh idol to be installed, the top police officer in the city said.

Mr Khan added that application forms for Ganesh idol installation and processions will be available at all the Police Stations of the city from August 10, 2011 to August 14, 2011.

Persons or organisers desirous of installing Ganesh idols in public places and also taking out procession for immersion would have to submit the application forms at the Police Stations concerned on or before August 18, 2011.

The top city cop also urged the organizers to keep in mind that application forms seeking permission to install Ganesh idols will have to be handed over at the respective police stations, clearly indicating the place and the date of the proposed installation, as also date, time, route and the destination of the proposed immersion procession.

Besides, the organizers seeking permission for installation should furnish a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the owner of the premises or land, irrespective of the fact whether it is private or government land.

Installation will be permitted only at places where it will not cause obstruction to free flow of traffic and where there is no threat to public peace and order.

He firmly maintained that no unauthorised electricity connection at the Ganesh pandals will be allowed and it shall be incumbent on the part of the organizers to apply for supply of electricity to the APCPDCL, and obtain permission in this regard.

Mr Khan further said that certificate from the APCPDCL that the electricity connection is authorized and the same should be enclosed with the application form.

“Use of loudspeakers will be restricted to Box Type only and permission will have to be taken both by the organizers who hire the equipment and the dealers/company supplying the equipment.

The noise levels should be kept within the permissible limits. A loud speaker or a public address system shall not be used during the nights between 10 PM and 6 AM, as per the directions of Supreme Court.

The organizers must provide volunteers with suitable identity cards/badges and use them for maintaining queues and order at the time of worship in various Ganesh Mandaps and to guard the idols and pandal. The guarding of idols and the precautionary measures with reference to lighting of lamps and “aarthi” will be the sole responsibility of the organizers.

Organisers desirous of taking out procession for immersion of the idols will apply individually to the Assistant Commissioners of Police through the Station House Officers concerned mentioning the date, time and route for the said procession and obtain permission before hand.

The police chief forewarned that applications received later are liable to be rejected.

The Station House Officers and Divisional Assistant Commissioners of Police will hold meetings with the organizers in each PS area and finalise the arrangements for issue of permission, before the commencement of the festival. The organizers will have to strictly adhere to the conditions, routes and timings indicated in the permission to install the Ganesh idols.

All the locality elders, organizers, social workers, Peace Committee and Maithri members and local leaders are requested to co-operate with the Police and help in maintaining public order and peace in the city.

The instructions do not apply to Ganesh Idols installed in private residences which are not made accessible to the public and not in the public view but the permission is required for idols installed in cellars of the complexes and those taking out public procession.(INN)

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