5-day permission for mandals to use loudspeakers during Ganpati festival: Shinde | Mumbai news

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday announced a five-day permission for mandals to use loudspeakers till midnight on Ganpati festival, instead of the usual four days.

Shinde instructed the Pune Police Commissioner to grant five-year permission to construct mandals at one place during the 10-day festival.

As per the current practice, local authorities such as the Pune Municipal Corporation grant permission to Ganesha mandals to set up pagodas every year before the festival. The permit is valid for that year’s festival.

However, when mandals in Tuesday’s meeting highlighted the problem of getting permission to set up pandals every year, the CM said the validity of the approval would be five years from now.

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The CM requested that pandals should be set up at the same place as the mandals are doing every year.

“We are going to celebrate all our festivals with grandeur this time and instructions have been given to the concerned government officials and the police department to relax the restrictions this year. Mandals will be allowed to play loudspeakers till 12 midnight for five days, Shinde said.

According to the Supreme Court guidelines, loudspeakers cannot be played after 10 pm in public places with an exception for 15 days as decided by the local administration.

The chief minister has now relaxed the norms of permission for box arch (arches), which was earlier given to two commons, to four.

Shinde said that issues of providing permanent electricity meters to mandals would also be taken care of.

“We have directed the Pune district collector to hold an immediate meeting with the MSEDCL officials and provide permanent meters to the mandals that demand it,” Shinde said.

“We have around 3,500 Ganapati mandals in Pune city and Pune’s Ganapati festival has a long tradition with Manache Ganapatis (most revered mandals) and other important mandals of Pune,” said Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta.

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