The Thane police have fastened their belt to keep a watchful eye on the events organised by the Dahi Handi mandals to ensure that the Supreme Court guidelines are followed. The apex court has restricted the age limit of participants to 18 years and the height of human pyramids to 20 feet.
More than 4,500 police personnel will be on various check points to keep a tab on trucks, bikers and even eve teasers. The police are also prepared to probe people found violating rules and regulations.
Also, according to sources from the police, if anyone is found riding without a helmet, driving without putting on their seatbelts or driving under the influence of alcohol, they will be made to pay a fine anywhere between Rs 500 and Rs 1000.
The Thane police have also sent a letter to the Thane Dahi Handi mandals and asked the coordinator of Dahi handi mandals to ensure that safety measures are implemented and to alert police if they face any problem.
Commenting on this, senior police inspector from Thane traffic police Shrikant Sondhe said, “We will also ensure that the mandals are aware about the rules and regulations of celebrating Dahi Handi so that they can abide by it.” He further added, “No heavy vehicles will be allowed to ply on the main highway and action will be taken against those that do. Also, the heavy vehicles will need to be parked on service roads.”
The police officials are also geared up to take action those who cause noise pollution. While speaking to HT, additional commissioner of Thane crime Bharat Shelkhe said, “We have alerted all the mandals about the rules regarding noise pollution. We will record the sound levels here on Wednesday and Thursday and check the difference in decibel levels. This will help us to register cases and take legal action against mandals that flout the noise pollution norms. The permissible noise level is around 50decibel. ”