South Goa Collector G P Naik on Monday morning held a meeting with organizers of Sarvajanik Ganesh festivals in South Goa to review the preparations with security point of view.
Although there are 84 sarvajanik Ganesh committees in South Goa, only around 40 attended the meeting on Monday.
In order to avoid crowding more particularly in view of the H1N1 epidemic, all organizers were instructed to demarcate proper entries and exits which should be separate and not to use the same access for both.
Similarly, organizers were advised not to keep the Prasad exposed, but to keep it covered at all times and have one of their volunteer distribute it to the devotees visiting the pandals.
From the security point of view, South Goa Superintendent of Police Allen de Sa agreed to provide metal detectors at the main spots which attract huge crowds and urged the organizers to help the police to maintain and use them properly.
Besides, all Robins – police personnel patrolling on motocycles – have been instructed to regularly visit the pandals and sign a special register maintained there as proof of them having done their duty. Organisers were also requested to ensure that a representative of theirs would spend the night at the pandal as the police are understaffed, even though additional police force has been requisitioned for the festive season.
In order to prevent fires, organizers have been asked not to store fireworks including crackers under the pandal where the idol of Lord Ganesha is installed and instead store them away from the pandal where there are crowds.
In order to reduce noise pollution, all organizers have been asked to wind up their cultural and other entertainment programmes by 10 pm.