With the Ganpati festival just two months away, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) along with the Ganeshotsav Smanvay Samiti — umbrella organisation of Ganesh mandals — met on Wednesday.
The civic body has decided that there will be a single-window permission system this year onwards.
Deputy municipal commissioner Kishor Kshirsagar said, “An engineer-level officer will be appointed in each ward to handle all issues pertaining to Ganesh pandals — permissions or advertisements — so as to make it convenient for the mandal.”
The problem of potholed roads and roads, which have been dug up for infrastructure projects, was also discussed during the meting.
The civic body reiterated that work on all such roads will be completed on a priority basis.
The civic body has also asked the planning body to undertake repair of such roads and reinstate roads where their projects are coming up before September.
Narendra Dahibavkar, co-ordinator, Ganeshotsav Smanvay Samiti, said that they also highlighted how the civic authorities — Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) — fail to heed to to their requests. This lack of co-ordination spells trouble for them during immersions.
“Areas in MbPT such as Wadala, Sewree, Bhaucha Dhakka are very dirty and are not prepared for the festival. We have written to the municipal commissioner asking him to direct them to clean up before the festival,” said Dahibavkar.
Officials also added that this year too there will be no deposits on the mandals.
It is estimated that the number of mandals will increase, from 11,920 last year to 12,400.