Akin to last year's guidelines, no visitors allowed inside Ganpati Pandals

Akin to last year's guidelines, no visitors allowed inside Ganpati Pandals

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said that only five people including the volunteers and pandit will be allowed inside the mandap and no visitors will be allowed. Akin to the guidelines issued for Ganesh Utsav last year, this year too BMC has directed the citizens to follow the same guidelines.

According to reports, BMC has asked the organizers to arrange darshan online with the help of social media. It can be done by using platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and cable or local TV channels.

There are demands to allow vaccinated individuals inside the pandals but Harshad Kale, deputy municipal commissioner, zone two said that “no such approval has been provided”.

Mumbai police have not permitted food/Prasad distribution or to install stalls for the same purpose. Moreover, few organizers are made to sign an undertaking that states that pandals will be sanitized every one hour.

However, Naresh Naresh Dahibavkar, president of Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshostsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS) said, “BMC or the state government guidelines have not stated anything about restrictions or flower/garland offerings and prasad distribution. We are awaiting clarity on the same. We have also asked for permission to allow vaccinated devotees to visit the pandals,” as cited by The Indian Express.

This year the Ganesh Utsav festival is set to take place from September 10 onwards.

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