Mumbai civic body plans separate pandal for tourists at Girgaum Chowpatty

The decision was taken in civic chief Ajoy Mehta’s monthly meeting on Saturday.

mumbai Updated: Aug 06, 2017 01:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Officials said that BMC will also rope in the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) to set up the pandal.(HT)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to establish a separate pandal for tourists at the Girgaum Chowpatty to witness its famous Ganpati visarjan (immersion). The decision was taken in civic chief Ajoy Mehta’s monthly meeting on Saturday.

Officials said that BMC will also rope in the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) to set up the pandal. “The idea is to have a separate pandal with facilities like Wi-Fi connection, toilets, drinking water facilities for tourists ,” a senior civic official said.

The 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival begins on August 25. The BMC will also be training volunteers in disaster management in three separate sessions next week.

Meanwhile, the civic chief also asked all ward officials to register a police complaint against LPG gas suppliers if they are found providing gas cylinders to hawkers illegally.

Other decisions

On Saturday, the civic chief has ordered that hawkers not found with dustbins in their stalls will have their licences cancelled

In order to reduce the chances of a spread in vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria in dilapidated, abandoned buildings, BMC is planning to appoint pest-control agencies. These agencies will be asked to function in mill areas or dilapidated buildings. The amount to be paid to these agencies will be added to the property tax bills of that building.

First Published: Aug 06, 2017 01:34 IST