Pimpri: With two days left for the beginning of the Ganesh Festival, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has issued some guidelines to celebrate the 10-day festival. On the backdrop of the novel coronavirus spread in the industrial hub, the PCMC on Wednesday banned the Ganesh installation and immersion procession and also requested people to install Ganesh idols at their homes.
The administration also asked the mandals in the city to celebrate the festival in small-grandeur and come forward as COVID warriors and volunteers for social help.
The administration has appealed people in PCMC limits to install eco-friendly Ganesh idols and while the immersion, people must immerse the idols at home. The civic body has also suggested to donate the Ganesh idols to NGOs and avoid overcrowding for installation and immersion places. Also, the civic body has ordered mandals and its office bearers to control crowding and conduct aarti, puja with a limited number of people present at the pandal.
The PCMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar also appealed people to celebrate the festival at home and asked the residents to immerse the Ganesh idols at home. He also stated that PCMC will not make any arrangements in the ghat or river area for the immersion procession. Ganesh mandals in the city and people will need to follow the guidelines strictly, the administration stated.
Meanwhile, Pimpri-Chinchwad is witnessing a huge surge in the spread of COVID-19 virus, with 853 cases were reported on Thursday taking the toll to 36,863.