The clouds of uncertainty over the most awaited Sunburn Electronic Dance Festival has finally disappeared. The Goa state government and a political party Shiv Sena were not in favor of this festival and they wanted this festival to be canceled but fortunately, it survived opposition and now finally it is going to held on Wednesday but the venue has been changed to Kesnand near Pune. The Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival was held in Goa for the past nine years but this year due to the strong opposition the organizers of the Electronic Dance Music festival has decided to change venue from Goa to Pune.
The tenth edition of this famous festival will roll out the red carpet from December 28 to 31 at Sunburn Hills, a 90 acre privately owned land at Kesnand on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway. This festival which usually experiences an expedition off over one lakh audiences was charged for stimulating Drugs and unethical culture and thus facing a shift of venue.
This big event of Electronic Dance Music may have the support oF Goa government but local villagers and a few right wing organizations are greatly opposing this festival and demanding this festival to be canceled. Not only the opposition but a PIL has also been filed against this festival and its organizers that holds the festival as well as the Maharashtra state, the SP, District Forest Officer etc in charge of spreading the wrong message among youth. A Pune-based farmer Sandeep Bhondage of Shiv Sena has filed the PIL yesterday in Bombay High Court, under the provision of Protection of the Environment Act and the lawyer of Sandeep has also mentioned that the case will be heard today in the Bombay High Court.
He said, ” The Sunburn festival is an unlawful event and it will breach the peace and will surely bring a law and order issue. There was huge drug abuse in Goa and therefore, the festival was banned for the period of two years in Goa”. Th organizers of the event Harinder Singh Managing Director, Percept Limited said about the PIL that they have not received any notice from the court. The CEO of Sunburn, Karan Singh has also said that they have all the permissions in place. He said that they have all the pre-requisite done from the government and forest department of Maharashtra and they all are supporting them for this festival. He also mentioned that they are following the law and to look after the complaints about the drug abuse they have installed around 200 CCTV cameras in the city and Pune rural police is also helping them and providing them with more than 2,500 bouncers fro security.