North Goa police have issued advisory to the sarvajanik Ganesh utsav mandals as well as residents pertaining to safety and security measures in view of the Ganesh Chaturthi which will be celebrated from September 13.
“It is advised that all the organisers of Ganesh mandals should adhere to all the requisite requirements concerning safety of people and their belongings”, said North Goa SP Chandan Chowdhary adding that “public who are leaving their place of stay and going to their native place should inform the local police station and also inform their neighbours so that a watch can be maintained” said Chowdhary.
The organisers of sarvajanik Ganesh utsav mandals are advised to install CCTV cameras, fire-fighting equipment and to have proper access control and illumination at pandals. Proper parking zones for vehicles are to be earmarked to avoid traffic congestions near the pandals.
They have been asked to furnish a list of volunteers along with their details, contact number etc to local police station and appoint at least one volunteer amongst them to act as liaison officer so as to co-ordinate with police. The mandals have been asked to display a board outside the venue prohibiting devotees to carry articles, bags and to keep away from combustible substance at the venue.
The contact numbers of local police, ambulance, fire service, PCR for instant help during emergency have also been asked to be displayed at the venue.
The residents have been advised to make proper security arrangements and to keep their valuables in lockers, vault etc while leaving for their native places. In case they are leaving their houses, they must intimate the nearest police station in order to ensure that patrolling is maintained in the area, the police said, adding that they must also inform their neighbours and share their contact number with them so that they can keep a watch in their absence regarding any suspicious movement and inform them immediately, so also the nearest police station may be informed.
Police have also advised them to either stop newspaper subscription for the period of their absence or request their neighbour to pick-up the daily newspaper.