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In Mumbai: Thane civic body to penalise mandals for digging roads

The TMC has put up the guidelines on its website along with a list of officials who can be approached for permission or clarity on the policy

mumbai Updated: Aug 16, 2017 23:40 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Thane,Pandals
A pandal in Thane takes up almost entire road. (Praful Gangurde)

The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) said it would penalise mandals for digging up roads while erecting pandals for Ganeshotsav. It has restricted the height of pandals to 30 feet.

“If a pandal is more than 25 feet, organisers have to submit a structural stability report to the TMC for the approval,” said a TMC officer.

“Organisers will have to pay Rs2,000 for each pit on the road,” said the officer.

The Bombay high court in 2015 directed civic bodies to prepare a pandal policy and ease traffic woes of commuters during the 10-day Ganeshotsav. The TMC had formed a pandal policy based on the court directives. The policy was amended as the general body had demanded it to be on par with that of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

With Ganeshotsav merely eight days away, the TMC has put up the guidelines on its website along with a list of officials who can be approached for permission or clarity on the policy.

To prevent traffic snarls, the civic body has imposed restrictions on pandals. According to the policy, pandals must display helpline numbers which can be used by residents for complaints.

“We will permit pandals on roads. However, they should not obstruct traffic or pedestrian movement. In case the road is obstructed, an alternative road should be available for traffic. Organisers can erect pandals only near schools, hospitals, colleges, railway stations and bus stops, if they do not obstruct public transport or emergency services. The assistant municipal commissioner of each ward will clear applications of such pandals.”

The corporation has also issued helpline numbers where people can complain if pandals are creating nuisance or obstructing traffic. Residents can call on 1800 222108 or send SMS on 7506946155.

Guidelines for pandals:

• Erect pandals in such a way that traffic and pedestrian movements are not obstructed. If a road is blocked, an alternative should be available

• Don’t dig roads to erect pandals. Organisers flouting this rule would be fined Rs2,000 for each pit. Sand-filled barrels should be used to support the poles

• Display a map detailing route and diversions to help commuters

• Erect pandals near railway station, bus stops, schools and hospitals, if they do not obstruct the movement of emergency services and public transport

• Mention the height, length and breadth of your pandal in the application form to get an NOC from the traffic department and police stations

• Don’t add illegal extensions to your pandal

• No pandal should be more than 30 feet in height. Pandals which are more than 25 feet must submit a structural stability report to the TMC

• Make sure you get an NOC from the fire brigade department

• Steer clear of power theft. If found guilty, mandals will be subjected to legal action

• Ensure that noise levels are within permissible limits

• Don’t change the place and time sanctioned by the authorities to erect pandals.

• Leave the place clean after the festival

• No stalls will be allowed to be set up inside pandals

• Display a copy of the permission on pandal

• Put up TMC, police, traffic and air pollution helpline numbers

The authorities will seize the deposit, if pandal are found flouting any of the above rules

Residents can call on 1800222108 or SMS on 7506946155 against errant organisers

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 23:40 IST