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Durga Matha Idols can be Installed only after Obtaining Police Clearance: Anurag Sharma

Anurag Sharma

Hyderabad, Sept 25 (INN): Navaratri and Dassera Festival this year will commence from Oct 5 with the installation of Durga Idols and conclude on Oct 14 with the final immersion procession. This calls for several regulatory measures to maintain peace, tranquility and public order.

Anurag Sharma, IPS., Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad City inform the public in general, and the concerned organizers in particular, that Durga Matha idols can be installed in public places in various localities of the City, only after obtaining Police clearance in writing from the concerned Divisional Assistant Commissioners of Police.

Separate Police clearance will have to be sought for each Durga Matha idol to be installed. Application forms for Durga Matha idol installation and processions will be available at all the Police Stations of the city from Sept 27 to Sept 29.

Persons/Organizers desirous of installing Durga Matha idols in public places and also taking out procession for immersion may submit Police clearance forms at the Police Stations concerned on or before Oct 1.

Application forms seeking Police clearance to install Durga Matha idols will have to be handed over at the respective Police Stations, clearly indicating the place and the date of the proposed installation, as also date, time, route and the destination of the proposed immersion procession.

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 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.

No unauthorized electricity connection at Pandals will be allowed. It shall be incumbent on the part of the organizers to apply for supply of electricity to the A.P.C.P.D.C.L., and obtain permission in this regard. Certificate from the A.P.C.P.D.C.L. that the electricity connection is authorized and the same should be enclosed with the application form.

Use of loudspeakers will be restricted to Box Type only and permission will have to be taken both by the organizers who hire the equipment and the dealers/company supplying the equipment. 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 10:00 PM and 6:00 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 order at the time of worship in various Durga Matha 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.

Organizers desirous of taking out procession for immersion of the idols will 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 and enclosing all the relevant certificates must be handed over at the respective Police Stations by Oct 1 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 Police Stations area and finalize the arrangements before the 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 Durga Matha 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 help in maintaining public order and peace in the city.

The above instructions do not apply to Durga Matha Idols installed in Private residences which are not made accessible to the public and not in the public view.

The persons installing idols in the cellars of the complexes and those taking out public procession shall apply for Police clearance.

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