Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi urges police not to harass pandal organisers

More than 70,000 Ganesh mandaps are expected to be set up for the 10-day Vinayak Chaturthi festivities starting from September 9 in the city.

The mass idol immersion would be held on September 18.

The Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi which coordinates with mandap organisers during the festivities inaugurated its office at Baheti Bhavan, Siddiamber Bazaar, here on Friday.

Samithi president G. Raghava Reddy, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Baddam Bal Reddy and others were present.

Samithi general secretary Bhagavanth Rao said a pre-festival public meeting to be addressed by Vishwa Hindu Parishad senior leader Ashok Singhal and Swami Chinmayananda from Uttar Pradesh would be held at Nizam College grounds on September 1. Dr. Rao appealed the police to avoid harassment of pandal organisers and wanted the civic bodies to ensure appropriate amenities such as roads and accesses during the festival.

“We are in the process of setting up committees for all the 150 municipal divisions to ensure better coordination and peaceful conduct of the festivities,” he said.

No to DJ music

This year, all the organisers have been asked to organise ‘aartis’ daily at 9 p.m. at their pandals and the samithi appealed them to desist from organising DJ music and dances during the event.

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