Mumbai: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
(BMC) is maintaining an electronic database of all the Ganesh
mandals to simplify the permission procedure and to bring to
book those mandals that flout norms.
"We have started the process of online registration for
Ganapati mandals on the BMC website and are maintaining
e-database of each Ganesh madal. It will be easier for us to
grant permission to mandals and ensure that no rules are
flouted," Additional Municipal Commissioner Aseem Kumar Gupta
The e-database includes name of the mandal, location,
size and permission period among other details. The Ganesh
festival begins on September 11.
"Often, we find that mandals exceed their permissible
space allotted to them. They also exceed the time limit and
sound levels. A database on the list of permissions will help
us nail errant mandals. This will also be put up online to
ensure transparency," Gupta said.
The BMC has waived off the security deposit taken from
Ganpati mandals and has instead asked them to level up roads
that are dug up to erect make shift platforms for the deity.
"Each Ganpati mandal pays Rs 2,000 as security deposit
for the damages that it may incur during the10-day festival.
As the deposit amount has been waived off this year mandals
have been asked to restore the road once the stage is
dismantled," Gupta said.
If they fail to do so they will be denied permission next
year. BMC will check whether roads are repaired or not and
ward offices will be asked to take their photographs, he said.