Sunday, September 8, 2013

Women’s safety cops’ priority this Ganpati

Nitasha Natu & Mateen Hafeez | TNN

    City police commissioner Satyapal Singh hinted that organizers of Sarvajanik Ganpati mandals are likely to face the heat if crimes against women are reported at their pandals this year. Speaking at a meeting with suburban Ganpati mandal members at Juhu on Saturday, Singh said it is the responsibility of mandal organizers and volunteers to ensure women devotees are safe. “If any instance of eve-teasing or chain-snatching is reported, it will go against the mandal. We would consider revocation of permission to them for erecting pandals next year,” Singh said. 

    Actor Shilpa Shetty, who attended the event at Juhu along with actors Farhan Akhtar, Sachin Khedekar, Sachin Pilgaokar and singer Sonu Nigam, said girls should start carrying knives on them. “Why depend on people to save you? Become self-reliant,” she told TOI.
    Meanwhile, senior police officers said there was a vehicle-borne threat and no vehicles would be permitted to park near pandals and on visarjan routes. But they added no specific terror inputs have been received. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) would be watching crowds of devotees.
    “50 roads will be kept shut and 56 others made one-way during the festival from September 9 to 18,” said joint commissioner (traffic) Vivek Phansalkar. 

    Police personnel in mufti as well as uniformed cops will mingle with crowds to identify eve-teasers. The anti-eve-teasing squads formed at local police stations will be roped in for checks. “A special helpline number ‘22633333’ has been launched. It will be manned 24 hours by an officer,” said joint commissioner (law and order) Sadanand Date.  This year, cops have launched a campaign, ‘Mumbai ke liye ek minute,’ exhorting devotees to check surroundings for suspicious items.
    (With inputs from Bharati Dubey) 
HELPLINES Special helpline for
Ganpati which will be manned by a Mumbai police officer | 22633333
Womens’ security helpline | 103
Traffic control room | 24939717
BANDOBAST FOR GANPATI Mumbai Police | over 25,000 personnel SRPF, CRPF, RAF, BSF | 18 paramilitary companies
Traffic police officers and constables | 3,344
A steady stream of Ganpati idols will wind their way from workshops in Lalbaug-Parel to their home turf on Sunday, a day ahead of Ganeshotsav. In this final, part 2 of its series, TOI lists the creative pandals to visit this year

Tejukaya Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal Trust LOCATION | TEJUKAYA MANSION, LALBAUG
USP: Some of the most creative themes and elaborate sculptures rise from this famous chawl in Lalbaug. Idol-maker Rajan Zhad is a resident of Tejukaya and gives his best to his home turf. Mandal member Rahul Dhumne says this year’s 23-ft tall Ganesh drew 300-400 visitors as soon as the idol was completed on Friday

USP: The team behind the Vile Parlecha Peshwa manages to create exquisite, tall idols from tissue paper without engaging a professional murtikar. This season too, an 18-ft Ganesh in six different colours is the highlight. Children as little as six or seven operate the documentary to go with the theme

Akhil Chandanwadi Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal LOCATION | CHANDANWADI, MARINE LINES
USP: The recent drought in Maharashtra as well as the Uttarakhand tragedy have stirred the mandal’s imagination this year. A documentary on the need to respect water resources goes with the theme

Makba Chawl Ganeshotsav Samiti LOCATION | BYCULLA
USP: The 49-year-old mandal that was once the pride of Byculla is struggling to keep pace with rising costs and dipping revenues, says former secretary Anil Yewale. Several residents have migrated northward, but a few hold fort. This season a beautiful Ganesh made with grains of rice, corn and nachni holds centrestage

Ekta Mitra Mandal, Borivli LOCATION | MAGATHANE, BORIVLI USP | The Upanagarcha Raja of Magathane is one of the tallest idols in the western suburbs. For this reason, it has suffered the worst of Mumbai’s potholes on the journey home from the workshop in Parel. This year the organisers wisely decided to sculpt the Raja on site 
 The Times of India, September 8, 2013

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