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Ganeshotsav: Special counters at Kalyan, Dombivli police stations to issue permissions

Ganpati mandals can submit applications from August 13 at eight police stations

mumbai Updated: Aug 09, 2017 23:20 IST
Sajana Nambiar
Sajana Nambiar
Hindustan Times
An artisan gives finishing touches to a Ganesha to idol in Kalyan  on Wednesday.
An artisan gives finishing touches to a Ganesha to idol in Kalyan on Wednesday. (Vijay Thakare )

This year, Ganpati mandals in Kalyan-Dombivli will have it easy while securing permissions for erecting pandals and immersion.

During a recently held meeting between the police department and the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), civic chief P Velarasu asked the police department to open special counters to issue mandals all the necessary permissions under one roof.

There are eight police stations across Kalyan-Dombivli and each of them will have counters to issue permissions to mandals. Applications can be submitted at the police stations from August 13. Once an application is approved, permissions will be issued in 2 days.

Usually, mandals need permissions from the fire, traffic and police departments, KDMC, and electricity board while setting up pandals and also during immersion of big Ganesh idols.

“These special counters will help mandals secure all the required permissions at one place. This will help keep the festive season peaceful,” said Velarasu.

Moreover, the civic body has directed the mandals to leave the 3/4 road for traffic and pedestrians while erecting pandals.

“As per the high court’s order, every mandal will have to follow this ratio. There are mandals whose pandals occupy most of the roads, which cause congestion. The civic body will act against such mandals,” said Velarasu.

Four teams comprising traffic and police personnel and KDMC officials will be formed for inspecting pandals. “If the mandals fail to abide by the norms, the civic body will register a case against them,” said Prasad Thakur, assistant PRO, KDMC.

The mandals in Kalyan-Dombivli said they have been demanding a single window clearance system for the past several years.

Sanjay More, president of Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav Mandal, Kalyan city, said, “We had made the demand last year as well. But the civic body could not implement the system owing because of improper planning. This time we refused to budge. Acquiring permissions is a hectic job and takes at least a week. This new system has brought relief.”

First Published: Aug 09, 2017 23:20 IST

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