Pune: Guardian Minister Girish Bapat on Wednesday said that the State government will not tolerate if Ganesh mandal members get involved in alcoholism and play DJ music during the festival.
Bapat was listening to the demands of different Ganesh mandals in a meeting at Shivajinagar police headquarters on Wednesday evening.
Bapat appealed to Ganesh mandals to keep the noise level to a minimum during the celebrations.
“One must be aware that noise pollution affects flora and fauna. Senior citizens, children and sick persons cannot handle the noise level of DJ music and hence, Ganesh mandals should help in controlling the sound pollution during the festive season. Mandals should also work on installing CCTVs near their mandaps and keep the area clean. Similarly, mandaps should also avoid the use of thermocol as it is banned by the government,” said Bapat.
The guardian minister has asked mandals not to worry about the amount to be paid to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for setting up the mandaps.
Police Commissioner K Venkatesham said that he trusts the city and its people and he is confident that no problem will occur during the festival.
Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao said that the PMC is taking all measures to help people celebrate the festival. “The mandals can apply for permission through online, as well as, offline mode. The online mode is active from last three days on our website. We will also set up more immersion ghats with adequate safety provisions,” Rao added.
Additional Commissioner of Police Ravindra Sengaonkar said that this year, many immersion routes will be one way and mandals should cooperate with the police in executing their plans.
“We have observed that the dhol pathaks go in the opposite direction on the immersion route on the immersion day and hence, mandals should plan in advance to avoid such problems. Mandals should also cooperate and understand that as the work of Smart City and Pune Metro is in progress in different parts of the city, it will lead to congestion and mandals should plan their celebrations accordingly,” added