With a few days left for Ganeshotsav 2021, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is taking necessary steps to ensure people follow the protocols while celebrating the festival which would help in controlling the spread of COVID-19. A few weeks back, the state government allowed the citizens to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in a simple manner. Following the same, the BMC has released another set of guidelines to ensure people do not crowd the locations during the visarjan. Sharing the same, officials said that time slots will be allocated at Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty for the immersion of idols. QR codes will be sent to those who apply and these will serve as the confirmation of the time slots allotted for visarjan. One can apply for the same through the mobile application which was created last year by Mumbai’s Ward-D and only online booking is currently being accepted for the same.People are requested to follow the protocol for the same as this is one of the popular locations for Ganpati visarjan every year. The festival would begin this year on September 10, 2021, and people will bid farewell to Bappa on second, fifth and eleventh day of Ganesh Chaturthi. Assistant Municipal Commissioner of Ward-D, Prashant Gaikwad, in a conversation with the Indian Express said that the booking for a time slot has been planned similar to last year, however, the messages which were sent last year has been replaced by QR codes. “Last year, we found a duplication of confirmation messages. Thus, this year, we will send QR codes, which will be scanned at the collection points for idols at Chowpatty,” the publication quoted.
More than 2,000 requests were made last year for the time slots.
Meanwhile, over 3000 requests are made every year at the BMC to erect a pandal for Ganeshotsav 2021. The number had dropped last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, more than 1800 pandals have been given permission out of the 2626 applications which were received by the BMC. More than 220 applications were rejected and over 600 are currently being processed.Also Read: Mumbai Police to take action against people without masksStrict guidelines have been issued to the associations for the same whereby crowding and public gatherings or activities are not permitted throughout the festival. The government also asked the associations to conduct social events, blood camps, etc. instead of organising public events. Similar activities were held last year as well amidst the first wave. With regards to the immersion, the BMC has directed that the idols will be handed over at the collection points planned at the beaches and immersion centres. BMC staff will be deployed for the same and will also be responsible for performing the visarjan. Volunteers cannot perform pooja at the beaches or visarjan centres, and hence the same will have to be performed at pandal or respective homes/locations.
As per the guidelines issued by the government, mandals cannot choose to have idols which are more than four feet tall. Similarly, domestic idols will have to be only two feet in height.Also Read: Immersions for Ganeshotsav Permitted, Mentions BMC