Mumbai, (Ajay Rawal): With an effort to ensure the security and safety during the auspicious festival of Ganesh Chaturti, – Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI ) had announced the ‘Best Secured Ganesh Mandal Awards 2011’ during the festival.
The award for the best secured Ganpati mandal was awarded to Sahyadri Krida Mandal, Chembur, who
won a prize money of Rs. 1,00,000/- followed by Lalbaug Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal, Ganesh Gully winning Rs.75,000/- and the 3rd place was bagged by Azad Nagar Sarvjanik Utsav Samiti, Andheri who received Rs.50,000/-. They also announced a special Jury award which was given to GSB Seva Mandal, Sion. This competition covered over 50 major mandals in Mumbai. The organization had panel of judges who audited the security measures undertaken by the mandals, they visited all the participating mandals and thoroughly checked the security arrangements for the devotees for all 9 days. The panel of judges was an esteemed set of people from different security departments of the city: Chief Judge from Brihan Mumbai Police, the Chief of Anti Terrorist Squad, President FSAI Mumbai Chapter, the Chief Fire Officer of Mumbai Fire Brigade and members from the Sponsor Company.
Talking about The objectives of this whole exercise Mr. Vinayak Sane, President, FSAI, said, “Our main intention is to create awareness and educate people about the safety and security at such places. The mandals have done an excellent job in managing the devotees. We
have seen a tremendous increase in response this year and hope to reach a larger audience
This award also enhances the cooperation and coordination between the various law
enforcement agencies, Mandal Committees, responsible corporate houses & expert Security
Companies, Commenting the same Mr. T G Nagare, ACP, Mumbai Police, said, “This award
started by FSAI creates an interest amongst the mandals to deliver their best till the last minute.
Protection of the people is important during such festivals. FSAI ensures the safety of devotees
and we are happy to support them in whatever way needed.”
Also Mr. H N Mujawar, Chief Fire Officer, Mumbai Fire Brigade said, “Safety of the devotees
and mandals should be the top most priority of every festival, and awards like these make sure
they are motivated to do so. We are happy to be a part of this award since along with checking
the security measures undertaken I can also suggest a few more measures to avoid any kind of