Ganesh Utsav 2019: BMC receives applications from 3718 mandals to set up pandal this festive season

As per the orders by the High Court, Ganpati mandals have been asked to seek permission from the local municipality before setting up Ganpati pandals this year. This decision was taken keeping the safety and necessary measures in mind.

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In order to celebrate Ganeshotsav in Mumbai, one needs to obey the directives suggested by Mumbai High Court is mandatory. Keeping the safety and convenience in mind, mandals were ordered that they cannot set up the pandals anywhere near a railway station or a bus stop. Besides this, other conditions like a mandatory ambulance, enough space to reach the fire brigade, etc. have to be fulfilled.

Further, in order to set up a pandal, every mandal needs to seek permission from the BMC. As per records this year, 3718 mandals had sent their forms for approval and permissions, out of which, so far only 2373 manuals have been given permission. Requests from around 364 mandals have been rejected by the officials, as the board noticed an ignorance of the above-mentioned conditions

The city of Mumbai approximately has around 12,000 Ganesh mandals (boards) out of which around 3500 mandals are set up their pandals along the road. Keeping the safety in mind, officials could only approve 2373 mandals to set up the pandal. Besides this, the municipal administration has ordered a necessary action is being taken on 328 applications sent 

According to a court order, all the Ganesh mandals in the city have been given deadline until August 19, 2019, to submit online applications to the local municipality, to seek permission to celebrate Ganeshotsav. However, the deadline was later extended until August 26, as many mandals had not filed their applications during this period.

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