Kota Police Directs Hostel Operators to Lock Rooftops, Mandates Compulsory Night Attendance on New Year Eve

Police Issues Strict Guidelines for New Year Celebrations in Landmark Coaching Area.
The use of loudspeakers has been strictly prohibited in the landmark area, which houses numerous coaching institutes, hostels, and PG accommodations.
The use of loudspeakers has been strictly prohibited in the landmark area, which houses numerous coaching institutes, hostels, and PG accommodations.

Kota- Ensuring a safe and peaceful New Year celebration, Kota Police has issued stringent guidelines for the landmark coaching area. With a focus on maintaining order and student safety, these instructions encompass permissions for events, bans on loudspeakers, and restrictions on alcohol consumption. As the city gears up for the festivities, authorities aim to prevent disruptions and foster a secure environment, emphasizing the need for adherence to the outlined regulations.

The Kunhadi police station in Kota has issued strict guidelines for New Year celebrations in the landmark coaching area, emphasizing the need for permission to organize any event in the coaching vicinity. Kota SP Sharad Chaudhary highlighted that these instructions are crucial for maintaining peace in the city and ensuring the safety of students during the New Year festivities. The guidelines are applicable to all coaching areas.

According to the police instructions, no New Year program is allowed in any hostel without prior permission. Hostel operators and organizers will face consequences if they violate this rule. Additionally, the use of loudspeakers has been strictly prohibited in the landmark area, which houses numerous coaching institutes, hostels, and PG accommodations.

CI Mahendra Kumar Meena of Kunhadi police station clarified that these guidelines are in place to enhance security measures. Discussions with Hostel Associations have already taken place to ensure adherence to these regulations.

The instructions, while originating from Kunhadi police station, are intended to be implemented across all coaching areas. SP Sharad Chaudhary reiterated that these guidelines are issued to prioritize peace and security for students in the city during the New Year celebrations.

Naveen Mittal, representing the Kota Hostel Association, affirmed that these guidelines are a recurring requirement every year. He assured that neither loudspeakers would disrupt the hostel environment nor large-scale programs would be organized. As part of the safety measures, hostel rooftops will be locked during this period.

The police instructions for New Year celebrations include:

1. Prohibition of any program without police permission in hostels and PGs in the Landmark area.

2. Strict restrictions on the consumption of alcohol and other intoxicants around hostels, PGs, and mess areas.

3. Ban on the use of loudspeakers without permission in the coaching area, with legal action for violations.

4. Ensuring proper parking arrangements to prevent traffic disruptions in the landmark area.

5. Prohibition of any actions that provoke or hurt religious or other sentiments, with special care advised for hostel owners and operators.

6. Compliance with law and order instructions from police and administration institutions.

7. Mandatory presence of hostel/mess operators in their institutions on the night of December 31, with the closure of stairs leading to the terrace.

8. Verification of the presence of students in hostels by 9 pm on New Year's night, with potential action against hostel operators, owners, and PGs for any violations.

9. Immediate reporting of any incidents or accidents to the police.

Kota, the epicenter of India's test-prep industry valued at ₹10,000 crore annually, attracts a significant influx of students from across the nation after Class X. These students primarily join residential test-prep institutes and enroll in schools mainly for certification.

Focused on preparing for Class XII exams and crucial entrance tests like NEET and JEE, the intense academic environment in Kota has led to stress-related challenges, particularly for students away from their families. Tragically, police records reveal that 26 students preparing for competitive exams have died by suicide this year, marking the highest toll since 2015.

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