Mandals frustrated with PMC site
“We have not been given permission to put up pandals yet as the Traffic Department said they will give us permission to put up the pandal and set-up after September 5. Also this year the police have not allowed erecting box or cross arches on streets sensing that the arches could be utilised for planting explosives.” -Bhai Katre, Executive President of Sakhalipeer Talim Mandal
Pune: The online registration for Ganesh mandals started by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) last year seems to be a total failure as members of several Ganesh mandals are facing problems online due to which they have to run from pillar to post to register their mandals.
Speaking about problems faced by the mandals, Tejas Gaikwad, Chief Convener of Shanipar Mandal Trust, said, “Online registration started by the PMC is not really helpful. We thought it would reduce our stress of carrying all documents for no objection certificate (NOC) from the Fire Department, MSEDCL, Traffic Department and PMC, but the stress level has remained the same. It is a kind of total failure.”
Rahul Jadhav of Vishrambaug Mitra Mandal said, “The online registration site started by PMC should be well-maintained because it shows ‘unavailable’ every time. And that is the reason we have to carry out the registration process in the usual way by going to each and every office for NOC.”
Gaikwad and Jadhav both said if PMC is not able to manage the online site, they should come up with a cultural centre wherein only registration or work related to Ganeshotsav and other cultural festivals can be undertaken, i.e. it will be under one roof and members of mandals will not have to run from pillar to post.
Members of the mandals are furious about permission not given by the Traffic Department to put up the Ganesh pandals.
Bhai Katre, Executive President of Sakhalipeer Talim Mandal said, “We have not been given permission to put up pandals yet as the Traffic Department said they will give us permission to put up the pandal and set-up after September 5. Also this year the police have not allowed erecting box or cross arches on streets sensing that the arches could be utilised for planting explosives.”
Jadhav said, “The process of registration and seeking permission should be started six months before the festival. All the concerned departments start the procedure two months before the festival which results in glitches in the process. This year if the permission is given to erect the pandals after September 5, then mandals having plans to make proper decorations would get less time.”
DCP (Traffic) Tejasvi Satpute gave a statement that they give NOC to mandals and in one of the clauses in NOC, it might be mentioned that permission of erecting pandals would be given after September 5 owing to the serious traffic conditions of the city.