DC directs regular power supply during Ganesha festival


Speaking at a peace meet in his office here on Wednesday, the DC recalled that there were frequent power failures during election time as well and directed the Bescom authorities to ensure regular power supply during festivities.

Arrangements will be made for immersion of Ganesha idols at Venugopalaswamy pond in the City. Steps should be taken to clean and barricade the area. A crane should be arranged at the spot and services of expert divers should be roped in. He Water should be filled to the pond using tankers to facilitate immersion of large-sized idols, he directed the City Municipality. The DC suggested public to immerse Ganesha idols in a bucket at their houses itself. This way people can contribute for efforts to check global warming.

Superintendent of Police K P Puttaswamy said that prior permission must be obtained from local bodies (Town/City municipality) for installing Ganesha idols at public places.

Similarly, sanction must be obtained from Bescom for obtaining power connection. The security at pandals should be arranged by the organisers themselves and they should maintain sanitation at the place, he said. The access to the pandal must be wide enough to allow movement of fire extinguishers. Portable extinguishers must be put in place as a precautionary measure. License must be obtained from the jurisdictional police station to use public address system and it should be used only between 6 am to 10 pm, he stated.
The organisers must intimate the date, time and the route for the immersion procession, well in advance. Provocative slogans must not be raised and care should be taken to burst the crackers, without causing inconvenience to public, the SP cautioned.He warned of action against people collecting donations from public, forcibly. A committee of district-level officers will be constituted to ensure peaceful immersion procession. He appealed the public to cooperate for harmonious observation of the festival and maintain law and order. District Kannada Sahitya Parishat president K Prahlada Rao, Kolar Gold Fields SP Devajyothi Ray, Additional SP Phaneendra Singh and representatives of various organisations were present in the meeting.

‘Idol immersion: Be eco-friendly’
In the backdrop of the Ganesha festival, the public should follow scientific and eco-friendly ways of immersing Ganesha idols, stated officials of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.

The public should prefer idols which contain only natural paints as some idols contain harmful chemicals and paints which adversely affect the aquatic animals and pollute the environment. Hence the public should immerse the idols in buckets or the lakes meant for immersing it, they added.

Loudspeakers should not be used between 10 pm to
6 am as they disturb the children, elderly people, the officials stated.

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