Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has decided to withdraw various cases filed against 155 Ganesh mandals from Pune while announcing relaxation of noise pollution norms for three days during the festival beginning on September 19.
"The cases were filed for delaying the immersion procession, violating norms of playing traditional music instruments or use of loud speakers after the stipulated time," state home minister RR Patil told reporters after emerging from a joint meeting of police officials and elected representatives from Pune on the issue.
He said Ganesh mandals in rest of the state who have similar cases against them can approach the local police for withdrawal of cases.
On noise pollution norms, Patil said they will be relaxed this year for three days during which use of loud speakers and playing traditional instruments will be allowed till midnight....more
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