Pune: Loudspeaker deadline relaxed on five days during Ganesh festival

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PUNE: A total of 2,200 Ganesh mandals in the city have been granted a five-year permit, eliminating the need for them to renew their license with the police. In addition to this, it has been decided that loudspeakers can be used until midnight on September 23, 24, 26, 27, and 28 during the festival.

The Member of Maharashtra Legislative Council Neelam Gorhe announced the implementation of rules created by the Municipal Corporation, District Collector, and Police Administration ahead of the Ganeshotsav and Dahi Handi festivals.

The District Collector Pune Municipal Corporation Commissioner Vikram Kumar, Police Commissioner Ritesh Kumar, Zilla Parishad CHIEF Executive Officer Ramesh Chavan, Additional Commissioner of Police Pravin Patil, Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Gill, Superintendent of Police Ankit Goyal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Vijay Kumar Magar, and Divisional Deputy Commissioner Varsha Untwal were present.

As per the information provided, previously, Ganesh mandals had to apply for a license every year. They had requested Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to expedite the permission process. As a result, the Chief Minister directed to issue license of five-years. The administration has now implemented this order. This year, the mandals will not need to visit the municipal corporation and the police for permission again.

A total of 2,200 mandals in the city have been granted permission until 2026,” highlighted Neelam Gorhe. Following the Chief Minister’s instructions, loudspeakers will be allowed until midnight for five days during Ganeshotsav. Late-night immersion of Gauri has also been permitted. The civic body will establish food zones at five locations to provide clean and nutritious food to devotees visiting from outside.

The Dahi Handi festival has been designated as an adventure sport. ‘’Instructions have been given to provide medical facilities in case of emergencies, along with ambulances in two-wheelers and auto-rickshaws, in addition to larger ambulances,” stated Neelam Gorhe.

Madhupriya Dhanwate