Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made it mandatory for Ganesh Mandals in the city to submit an undertaking about having taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their areas.
"The Ganesh Mandals will be given online permission - based on the permissions given previous years - and they need not go to police or fire brigade separately," the BMC has clarified.
According to the process outlined by the BMC, August 19 is the last date to apply for online permission and the application can be processed till 5:30 pm.
Usually, the Ganesh Mandals and idol makers are permitted to erect their mandaps and stalls in June and May respectively.
This year, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this permission process has been delayed by two to three months. BMC has also asked the Ganesh Mandals to apply for the permit through a website.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has appealed to the Ganesh Mandals and citizens to keep the Ganeshotsav celebrations a low key affair this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has also asked the mandals to keep the height of the Ganesh idols below 14 feet so that less number of people are needed to lift the idol. Certain mandals having traditionally huge idols have requested special permission to install a larger idol.
Thackeray has appealed to citizens and the mandals to ensure that no crowding or processions take place during the 10-day festival which is set to begin on August 22 this year on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.
The application process for the Ganesh Mandal is as follows:
* Application forms in Marathi and English language are available on Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) website https://portal.mcgm.gov.in
* Go to the Online Services tab and select Ganpati/Navratri tab and further click on Ganpati/Navratri application link
* If mandals face any problem while filling the application form, they should contact concerned Assistant Municipal Commissioners of their areas
Edited by Najooka Javier