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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Police to oppose simultaneous organisation of EDMs in North Goa

PANAJI: Like in the previous year, this year too, the Goa police department will raise its objection to the holding of two mega Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festivals in North Goa simultaneously. The EDMs are normally held in the state in the last week of December.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sunil Garg, who is holding the additional charge of DGP, has said that in view of the security and traffic, the Goa police department is against the idea of holding the EDMs simultaneously in one district.
“To maintain safety, security, law and order and traffic management, we will be requesting to the government that two EDMs should not be held simultaneously and in the same district or at a venue nearby,” said Garg speaking to media persons at the police headquarters on Wednesday.
“Like last year, this year too, this is our stand. However, it is up to the government to decide, as we can only make suggestions or proposals. But we are hopeful that this year our request will be considered, as last year there were some administrative problems with the EDM organisers,” Garg said replying to a question.
According to Garg, the EDMs should be held on different dates; if possible in different months and at different venues. “One may be held in the North and the other in South Goa. Or even if both the events are to be organised in North Goa, the venues should be such that the routes need to be different,” he said. Garg said that the organisers are aware of this and know that police will take up this issue again this year. “If they (organisers) are really sensible then they will take steps well in advance,” said Garg.
It may be recalled that the two mega music events – Sunburn at Vagator and Supersonic at Candolim – were held from December 27 to December 30 last year. According to police, traffic and security were the major concerns owing to the fact that lakhs of people were supposed to visit these two events. Being peak season time, the New Year, holding these two events on different dates would be advisable, police had said adding that narrow roads in the region would add to the chaotic traffic situation.
Meanwhile, Garg said that since the last two months, over 800 cases have been booked wherein reports have been sent to the SDM against house owners for failing to comply with the tenant verification process. “We have booked over 800 such cases and the report has been submitted to the SDM for necessary action,” said Garg.
“Tenant verification is our priority because we want to keep a track of any suspicious persons or strangers coming to Goa and staying in any rented house without informing (tenant verification) the police. We have requested concerned SDMs to prosecute these people. Please don’t rent out (houses or rooms) to anyone without police verification,” said Garg.
According to Garg, they have submitted a proposal pertaining to upgradation of wireless, traffic unit and other infrastructure to the central government under the modernisation of police force programme.

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