Various restrictions on Dhol-tasha Pathaks: Pune police-Reportedly Dhol tasha pathaks in Pune are not allowed to practice for more than a month before the Ganpati festival. Not only this, they have to conduct their practice session away from residential areas. Apparently the residents staying in Pune are facing problems or noise pollution. Groups will face stern action if residents complain against them to the police control room.
Bharatiya Janata Party MP, Anil Shirole who leads the federation of Dhol Tasha Mahasangh handed over a memorandum to police commissioner Rashmi Shukla in the presence of joint commissioner of police Sunil Ramanand. The memorandum urged police to allow them to practice at locations like the river bed and open spaces.
In addition, Pune police also said that playing Gongs would not be allowed during the procession as well as the noise pollution is at rise in the city. Commenting on the move, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1) Makarand Ranade said, “We have received numerous complaints from citizens about noise created by gongs. Also, our officials are worst affected as they stand at one place for the entire day. Most importantly, Dhol pathaks have agreed to help.”
The day to rise in pollution have created serious health issues to the citizens of Pune. A lot of people visit to seek cure for tinnitus after the festival. A patient suffering from this condition can constantly hear a ringing or booming sensation in one or both ears,” said Dr. Seema Shaikh, vice-president of Pune ENT Association and president of Indian Association of Surgeons for Sleep Apnea (IASSA).
Similarly, several people visit us complaining of sleep disorders and other noise-related problems after the end of the festive season,” she added. Dr. Sumit Bhatti, an ENT surgeon, said, “Temporary loss of hearing is a common complaint after such festivals. People can lose their hearing permanently if not treated in time.” Various heart patients also have complaints regarding the same.
In all, Pune Dhol tasha pathaks have to be cautious as they might fall in trouble for challenging the guidelines.