Bangalore Police Guidelines for Ganesh Pandals

Here are the Bangalore Police Guidelines for Ganesh Pandals for upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival 2014.

All pandals must be equipped with CCTV cameras and organisers should get the department’s permission to set up pandals in public places. These are the guidelines issued by the city police on Wednesday.

Permission will not be given to install idols in crowded locations or in areas where traffic density is high. The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) too must approve the setting up of tents for the festivities.

To pitch tents and install idols on plots under dispute, organisers must have the go-ahead from the original land owner. The organisers must take responsibility for any untoward incident and two of them should be available round-the-clock at the pandal. Organisers must give volunteer ID cards and T-shirts for them to be identified easily. The police should also be informed about installation of CCTV cameras.

Emergency equipment should be in place at the pandal and cooking in close proximity to the idol is prohibited. Kerosene and other inflammable objects should be kept away from the idol.

If a pandal is to be illuminated, permission should be taken from BESCOM and all lighting should be within the pandal area. No Objection Certificates from the Fire and Emergency Services and the Traffic departments are also required. Crackers will not be allowed near idols and the idols should be immersed by 10 pm.

Source – Bangalore Police Press Release.

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