BMC Receives Only 150 Applications for August’s Ganeshotsav Celebrations

BMC Receives Only 150 Applications for August’s Ganeshotsav Celebrations

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has apparently received 150 applications from regions within its limits to set up pandals and stages ahead of the annual Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in the city that is conducted over an 11-day period starting August 22. 

The number of applications this year is significantly low as compared to the 3,000 to 4,000 that are sent in on average each year. The authorities also mentioned that pandals that were allowed to run last year don’t need to apply for a fresh application this year.

Further, authorities have announced guidelines for this year’s Ganesha festival by capping the height of Ganpati idols to four feet. On the other hand, idols that are set up at homes should not be more than two feet in height. 

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This will offer a new look to the annual festival celebrated by thousands across the city which usually involves idols of up to 25 feet in height. Additionally, the BMC has announced its own set of rules for pandals that are expected to run across the city. 

This includes banning offerings like flowers or garlands, while also ensuring that pandals are sanitized up to three times a day. To ensure social distancing, only five members will be allowed onboard a pandal at a time. 

One of the city’s most popular Ganesh Mandal, the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal has called off celebrations this year altogether, while some have suggested setting up of blood and plasma donation camps while also educating people about personal hygiene and cleanliness in general. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged Mumbai and put an indefinite hold on all mass public gatherings in the foreseeable future. Keeping this in mind, the idea to promote causes that help the citizens of Mumbai, like blood or plasma donation camps, can be a viable replacement for the usual celebrations. 

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