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Ganesh mandals in Mumbai can apply for nod online till August 31

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation extended the deadline after the organisers demanded more time

mumbai Updated: Aug 29, 2018 00:41 IST
Yesha Kotak
Yesha Kotak
Hindustan Times
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Permissions have been granted to 1,300 Ganpati pandals as of Tuesday, said the BMC spokesperson.(PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATION )

Ganesh mandals have time till August 31 to submit application forms online.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation extended the deadline after the organisers demanded more time.

“We have decided to extend the application date by three more days,” said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) spokesperson.

Permissions have been granted to 1,300 Ganpati pandals as of Tuesday, said the BMC spokesperson.

Till Monday evening, 2,360 mandals had submitted applications to set up pandals on the city roads, footpaths and on housing society premises.

Last year, there were 2,200 pandals on the city roads.

Earlier in the day, Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS), the umbrella body of Ganesh mandals in the city, approached the civic body asking for a five-day extension to submit application.

“There has been an increase in the number of mandals registering because of the online process. Until they get clearances from the BMC, they can’t approach traffic authorities,” said Naresh Dahibavkar, president of BSGSS.

He added that many mandals found it cumbersome to get permissions online as they are yet to get accustomed to the procedure and so they wanted more time.

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“The problem was that old mandals have to choose the option of being new mandals in the online form. This got resolved yesterday with ward officers agreeing to issue letters for old mandals,” Dahibavkar said.

A mandal in Mahim, whose application is yet to be processed by the traffic department, is facing a problem because of the width of the pandal.

“The width of the road is 40 feet and the pandal design was submitted for 30 feet. We are negotiating with the traffic department. But the problem is we will have to go back to the BMC once the negotiation is done,” said the mandal’s office-bearer, on condition of anonymity.

First Published: Aug 29, 2018 00:41 IST