Some city-based mandals have reached out to the Maharashtra Air pollution Management Board (MPCB) alleging violation of the peak restriction guideline by Sarvajanik mandals for Ganesha idols this yr.
On July 11, in view of rising Covid-19 circumstances within the state, the house division of the Maharashtra authorities printed a notification capping the peak of Ganesh idols to four-feet for Sarvajanik idols – teams that set up idols alongside roadside pandals and capped the peak of family idols to 2 ft.
The MPCB mentioned the peak restriction was only a guideline and never a legislation.
“Some complaints have been acquired the place mandals, requesting anonymity since they’ve adopted the rules, have objected to top violations. This can be a guideline in gentle of the pandemic to keep away from giant gatherings close to mandals, and it’s a request to mandals to comply with it however not a mandate. Nonetheless, from 2021, it will turn out to be a legislation and will probably be a lot stricter,” mentioned Sanjay Bhuskute, public relations officer, MPCB.
The Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS), umbrella physique of Ganesh mandals mentioned idol makers had raised the peak of related supplies comparable to thrones or different platforms (comparable to a horse, tiger and many others.) on which the idol is mounted on whereas preserving the peak of the idol across the prompt guideline, citing it’s as a loophole within the restrictions.
“One or two ft right here or there may be not a difficulty however the authorities guideline is particular to the idol and never related buildings. Regardless of this, we’ve got nonetheless requested mandals to make sure any form of crowds are prevented and give attention to on-line darshan,” mentioned Naresh Dahibhavkar, president, BSGSS.
The umbrella physique has appointed a activity drive of volunteers throughout the pandemic to make sure residents don’t face difficulties throughout the pandemic. The duty drive includes nearly 500 volunteers unfold throughout all 24 wards. BSGSS additionally supplied 2,500 masks – 1,500 to the Mumbai police, 500 to the civic physique and 500 extra to its personal volunteers to make sure correct private safety over the subsequent 11 days.
“There are two points we face in the mean time. The primary is there isn’t any clear understanding for these residing in containment zones how their immersion procession will occur as they’re allowed to convey the idol however not come out of the contained space. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) shouldn’t be complying with our requests,” mentioned Dahibhavkar, including that the second concern was concerning the accessibility to the not too long ago elevated 167 synthetic immersion spots within the metropolis. They had been 32 up until final yr. “Residents haven’t been knowledgeable in regards to the precise places but. We hope there is not going to be any confusion on the day of the immersion processions,” he mentioned.
A senior BMC official mentioned all assist can be supplied to residents. “We’re discussing the method to take care of immersion at containment zones. Tips for this and site particular immersion websites will probably be launched over the weekend,” the official mentioned.
In the meantime, MPCB will probably be recording noise ranges throughout 25 places in Mumbai and 158 places throughout 26 municipal firms throughout the state over 5 immersion days. Bhuskute mentioned from 2021 the ban on Plaster of Paris use, obligatory immersion at synthetic ponds, top restrictions can be necessary for idol makers and mandals.
“They are going to be underneath scrutiny based mostly on Central Air pollution Management Board tips. Nonetheless, it isn’t clear in the mean time whether or not these tips will probably be underneath implementation throughout Maghi Ganesh Chaturthi which falls in February,” he mentioned. Round 25 Ganesh mandals within the metropolis, together with the Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) group, have deferred this yr’s celebrations to February 15, 2021 in gentle of the pandemic.