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CP asks Ganesh pandal organizers to submit applications by Aug. 31


Hyderabad: Ganesh Chathurthi festival this year will commence from September 5 with the installation of Idols and conclude on September 15 with the final immersion procession. This calls for several regulatory measures to maintain peace, tranquility and public order.
Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad City M. Mahendar Reddy, IPS, has informed the public in general and the Ganesh pandal organizers in particular, Ganesh idols can be installed in public places in various localities of the City, only after obtaining prior Police Clearance in writing from the concerned Divisional Assistant Commissioners of Police. Separate Police Clearance will have to be sought for each Ganesh idol to be installed. Application forms for Ganesh idol installation and processions will be available at all the Police Stations from August 25 to 31. Persons/Organizers desirous of installing Ganesh idols in public places and also taking out procession for immersion may submit application forms at the Police Stations concerned on or before September 1.
The organizers seeking Police Clearance for installation should furnish a “No Objection Certificate” from the owner of the premises or land, irrespective of the fact whether it is a 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 also stated that no unauthorized electricity connection at Pandals will be allowed. Certificate from the T.S.C.P.D.C.L. that the electricity connection is authorized has to be obtained and the same should be enclosed with the application form.
Use of loudspeakers will be restricted to Box Type only. 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 of India.
The organizers must provide volunteers with suitable identity cards/badges and use them for maintaining queues and public 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 should apply individually to the ACsP through the Station House Officers concerned mentioning the date, time and route for the said procession and obtain Police Clearance before hand.
All the applications duly filled in along with all the relevant certificates (as enclosures) must be handed over at the respective Police Stations by August 31 and a receipt obtained. Applications received later are liable to be rejected. The Station House Officers and Divisional Asst. Commissioners of Police will hold meetings with the organizers in each P.S. area and finalize the arrangements for issue of Police Clearance, before commencement of the festival. The organizers will have to strictly adhere to the conditions, routes and timings indicated in the Police Clearance 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 to help in maintaining public order and peace in the City. However, these 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. Persons installing idols in the cellars of the complexes and those taking them out public procession shall apply for Police Clearance. (NSS)

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