143 mandap without permission?

1996 Permission for Ganeshotsav Mandals; Municipal Corporation rejects 381 mandals

Mumbai: The Municipal Corporation has denied permission to 381 public Ganeshotsav mandals in Mumbai which failed to fulfill the conditions and required documents. As the Ganeshotsav begins, about 143 mandals in Mumbai are still waiting for mandap permission. One thousand 996 circles have been allowed.

There are more than 12,000 public Ganeshotsav circles in various parts of Mumbai. Of these, more than three thousand circles celebrate Ganeshotsav by erecting pavilions on roads and sidewalks. These boards have to get mandap permission from the municipality. Also, ‘No Objection’ certificate of local police station and traffic police is mandatory for these tents. Circles are currently being allowed online pavilions considering the time period. Circles have been provided the facility to apply online.

This year, public Ganeshotsav boards had submitted about 3,104 applications for mandap permission. Some boards had submitted two applications. At the end of scrutiny, 584 such applications were rejected. After that the remaining two thousand 520 applications were scrutinized. Mandap permission was given to one thousand 996 mandals who fulfilled the conditions and required documents. However, mandal permission has been denied to 381 boards which could not fulfill the conditions at the municipal, traffic police and local police station level. Due to various reasons, 368 of these boards have been denied permission by the municipality, two boards by the traffic police and 11 boards by the local police station. As a result, these circles could not get pavilion permission. Municipal officials said that 143 applications are pending at various levels and the process of giving permission to them is underway after scrutiny.

Appeal not to crowd the immersion placeMumbai: Considering the possibility of the third wave of corona, devotees should not crowd the immersion place for immersion of Ganesha. Also, devotees should hand over Ganeshmurti to Palika employees for immersion, appealed Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Thursday. The mayor also appealed to the citizens to focus on immersing Ganesha in these artificial lakes. The mayor on Thursday inspected the major Ganesh immersion sites in Mumbai and reviewed the work. Devotees should go to Girgaum Chowpatty for immersion of Ganesha as per the time received after registration with ‘D’ Division Office. So it will be possible to avoid crowds. Pednekar directed that similar planning should be done for immersion on other chowpatas.

Reject most tents in Matunga

About 174 boards in and around Matunga within the F-North division office of the municipality had applied for mandap permission. However, mandap permission has been denied to 88 of these mandals. Matunga and the surrounding area topped the list of circles where permission was denied. Besides, 211 applications were submitted for erection of pavilions in G-North section comprising Dadar, Mahim and Dharavi. Of these, 22 applications were duplicated. Also, 56 constituencies in Andheri East (K-East), 48 in Ghatkopar (N), 43 in Chembur area (M-East) and 25 in Byculla (E) have been denied permission.

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