New Ganesh mandals are instructed to obtain permission; WhatsApp groups will be created for effective communication

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PUNE: Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has announced that Ganesh mandals will be permitted to celebrate the festival for a period of five years, thereby eliminating the need for annual permission requests. However, new Ganesh mandals will be required to obtain permission.

As per the information provided, during the Ganeshotsav, the metro service will continue until midnight, as directed by the Deputy Chief Minister. The district administration has stated that loudspeakers will be permitted until midnight on September 23, 24, 26, 27, and 28.

A meeting was held at the Shivajinagar police headquarters to plan this year’s Ganeshotsav, which was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Pawar, Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil, MLA Madhuri Misal, Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao, Police Commissioner Ritesh Kumar, Pimpri Chinchwad Police Commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey, Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, MahaMetro Managing Director Shravan Hardikar, District Collector Dr. Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Singh, and other officials.

It is been instructed that mandals should ensure that traffic flow is not obstructed. Guardian Minister Patil has suggested that the PMC refrain from imposing taxes on arches from Ganesh mandals. The administration should take proactive measures to address the issues faced by the Ganesh mandals. This includes monitoring of planning, and providing assistance to the police. The mandals should also cooperate with the administration by following rules.  

For Ganesh festival preparations and to facilitate effective communication, WhatsApp groups will be created. Additional parking arrangements will be made at the grounds, and a heavy police force will be deployed. Both municipal corporations should close the open chambers on the roads, and potholes on procession routes should be repaired. In areas where possible, traffic should be made two-way to avoid congestion.

Madhupriya Dhanwate