Nigdi, 15th September 2023: A meeting was convened at the police headquarters, bringing together community leaders, the peace committee, police officials, and prominent citizens to ensure a harmonious celebration of Ganeshotsav and Eid-e-Milad. The aim was to prevent any untoward incidents and maintain law and order.
During the meeting, Commissioner of Police Vinay Kumar Choubey reassured everyone that both Ganeshotsav and Eid-e-Milad would be celebrated joyfully.
Unified Effort for Peace: MP Shrirang Barne, MLA Dilip Mohite Patil, MLA Uma Khapare, Commissioner of Police Vinay Kumar Choubey, Joint Commissioner of Police Dr Sanjay Shinde, Additional Commissioner of Police Vasant Pardeshi, police officers, and prominent citizens from diverse communities across all police stations’ jurisdictions attended the meeting.
Robust Vigilance: During Ganeshotsav, the police, aided by Gram Rakshak, Vigilance Committee, and Peace Committee members, will maintain vigilant oversight. Additionally, five workers from each zone will assist the police. To address potential disputes arising from certain mandals prolonging their stay at one location during immersion processions, the police have issued instructions to the respective zones.
Lively Celebrations: Police Commissioner Vinaykumar Choubey announced that both Ganeshotsav and Eid-e-Milad festivals will be celebrated with enthusiasm and in a joyful atmosphere. He clarified that the use of loudspeakers during these celebrations is allowed by the State Government and authorized by the Collector by Supreme Court rules.
Responsible Celebration: Everyone is urged to comply with the day approved by the Collector for allowing loudspeakers to operate until midnight. The police, in collaboration with the municipal corporation, will launch a campaign to clear road encroachments. Crime branch teams have been deployed to prevent theft incidents during Ganeshotsav, and the Damini team is prepared to ensure women’s safety.
Enhanced Safety Measures: Volunteers with swimming skills at immersion ghats will be accompanied by lifeguards, and NDRF teams will assist. Starting this year, Ganesh Mandals will be chosen for the Moraya Award at the circle level. An online facility has been introduced for obtaining permissions for Ganeshotsav Mandals. It’s important to note that police stations in the city have not been shut down. Nigdi residents can visit checkpoints with their complaints, and Commissioner Choubey assured that citizens will receive police assistance from there.
Community Recognition: MP Shrirang Barne emphasized that the police should facilitate Ganeshotsav mandals and ensure security at the Visarjan Ghats while maintaining smooth traffic flow. With large crowds during Ganeshotsav, the likelihood of theft increases, so the police should exercise caution. Barne also emphasized the importance of resolving any issues amicably.
Honoring Excellence: Instructions have been issued for processions to be conducted promptly in areas where immersion occurs on the seventh day. The police are planning to honor the top Ganeshotsav mandals in the city through Morya Nyas. A committee consisting of members from Ganapati Mandal and the Security Committee will be appointed for this purpose.
Police Commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey revealed that the best circles will be recognized and rewarded through this initiative. The criteria for these awards will be determined by the committee overseeing the process. Similar activities are being carried out in both Pune city through Vighnaharta Nyas and Pimpri Chinchwad city.