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Punjab stipulates Centre's nod to hold functions near Union govt's installations in state

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The government Tuesday made it mandatory to obtain permissions from the relevant authorities to hold any public function near any public office or infrastructure owned by the Centre in the state.

The PunjabHome Affairs and Justice Department made this provision in a comprehensive guideline, issued to district commissioners and police commissioners and superintendents, with an aim to prevent the recurrence of Amritsar-like train tragedy, an official release said.

The guidelines were issued for regulation of holding processions, assemblies, protests, demonstrations, dharnas and marches in the vicinity of the installations, besides also regulating crowds during the ongoing festival season.

The guidelines were issued days after asked N S Kalsi to prepare a detailed norm to prevent recurrence of the Amritsar-like train mishap, which left about 60 people dead and scores injured.

The Assembling and Procession guidelines, 2018 provides that the competent authority from which the permission is sought should obtain no-objection-certificate or permission from other departments and authorities concerned, such as the police, municipal corporation, PWD, Board etc.

The new guidelines have made it mandatory to obtain similar NOCs or permissions from the concerned district magistrates or police commissioners in case of petrol pumps or being situated near the function venue.

The guidelines provided for similar permissions from the departments for holding functions in the vicinity of the railways properties, the national highways, airports and other installations owned by the Centre.

The guidelines stipulated that while granting permission, the competent authority shall take into account and consider all relevant factors relating to the public order and safety, cleanliness and protection of environment as well as the adequacy of arrangements for handling emergencies at the venue, the release added.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 00:15 IST