Police urge all dhol tasha troupes to follow norms
PUNE: With an aim to control the noise pollution during the Ganesh festival, the officials of the Pune police have laid down a few restrictions on the dhol tasha troupes.
A press release issued by the Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Shisve stated that it is the responsibility of the troupes to follow the norms of noise pollution set by the high court. The troupes will have to register themselves with the local police station after furnishing details of the members who will then be provided with an identity card. Each troupe should not contain more than 40 dhols, 10 tashas and 6 cymbals. The total number of members in a troupe should not exceed 100.
Officials said that there will be a ban on ‘Tol’ and the same troupe cannot perform for two different mandals.
A mandal can use two to three such troupes and not more than that. Similarly, the troupe is also responsible to follow time limits and it should not hold back the mandal during immersion if their troupe members have not arrived on time. The troupe members will also be not allowed to go back in the opposite direction of the procession on immersion day.
The troupe members will be allowed to perform for a maximum of 20 minutes of time on the immersion day.
Officials also informed that troupe will have to take necessary permissions and if the troupe is found violating norms, they will be booked under different sections.
In industrial areas, the permissible limit is 75 dB for daytime and 70 dB during the night. In commercial areas, it is 65 dB and 55 dB, while in residential areas, the permissible limit is 55 dB and 45 dB during daytime and night respectively. In silent zones, it is 50 dB and 40 dB during daytime and night respectively.