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Thursday , July 5 , 2012
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Fest blocks Mango road

A three-day religious function has blocked one of the major road links between densely populated localities in Mango, Jamshedpur, inconveniencing around 50,000 people.

The Sai Mahotsav between July 3 and 5 hosted by Shirdi Sai Baba Dwarka Sai Mandir has encroached on Rajiv Path, the road that leads to five major residential apartments of the area — Moon City, Sanjeeva Singh Complex, Vidyanand Residency, Astha Sai City and Prime Rose Residency — as well as congested colonies such as Ramnagar.

The organisers of the mahotsav have erected a large pandal on the road itself — 50ft long and covering the entire width, around 20ft — with a 7ft narrow passage inside the tent for people or vehicles to squeeze past.

Those who can’t — and most can’t, especially during rush hours where devotees throng the tent — have to take long detours.

Moon City Welfare Association secretary A.B. Chatterjee said the problems they faced included the road getting virtually choked and the loudspeakers that the organisors kept blaring allegedly till late at night.

“We are tolerating all this as it concerns the religious sentiments of many people, but I have been told that some residents here have complained to the local administration,” said Chatterjee.

However, Amit Sharma, a senior member of the Shirdi Sai Baba Dwarka Sai Mandir, said the problems were not so serious as residents such as Chatterjee claimed they were.

“We have allowed vehicles to pass through inside the tent,” he said. “We also switched off the public address system latest by 11.30pm,” he added.

But he admitted it was “a bit of a problem for four-wheelers during rush hours”.

Ulidih police station officer-in-charge Mahesh Prasad, however, expressed ignorance about any religious function or any related civic problem. “We have not received any complaint,” he said.

Sub-divisional officer (Dhalbhum) Subodh Kumar, when contacted, said he would look into the matter.

The function will continue till Thursday.

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