The Mumbai Police has imposed section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in the city from September 10 to September 19, prohibiting crowding at Ganpati pandals in view of the threat of third Covid-19 wave.
According to Mumbai Police commissioner Hemant Nagrale, no procession will be allowed and not more than five people will be allowed to gather at a place. He has also urged the public to opt for online darshan and not crowd at ganpati pandals.
He has requested Ganesh mandals to arrange digital darshan for the devotees and made it compulsory for them to put out announcements through social media that physical darshan was not allowed.
Nagrale said “No crowd will be allowed at any place where sarvajanik mandals are located. Household Ganpati idols should not be above the height of two feet and sarvajanik Ganpati idols not more than 4 feet,” The police chief further declared that immersion processions, which usually attract large crowds, would not be allowed and mandals should take all safety precautions allowing not more than 10 people for immersion.
The number is restricted to five for household idols. Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: In a bid to contain the spread of the virus during this festival season, Mumbai Police on Thursday decided to impose Section 144 of CrPC in the city from September 10-19. “Mumbai Police impose Sec 144 CrPC in Mumbai from 10-19 Sept.
The Mumbai civic body had also issued guidelines for the Ganpati festival beginning from Friday and banned the physical darshan for devotees at public pandals as well as imposed restrictions on the number of participants in processions during the celebrations.
Here are the guidelines issued by BMC:
- For bringing the idols of the deity and during their immersion, there will not be more than 10 people in the processions of public mandals and not more than five for the household Ganpati’s
- All devotees should wear masks and observe social distancing. Also, the 10 participants should have taken both the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and completed 15 days after taking the second dose
- BMC has banned physical darshan for devotees at the public Ganpati pandals and appealed to citizens to celebrate the festival with simplicity.
- The mandals falling in COVID-19 containment zones will have to make arrangements for the immersion of the Ganpati idols in the pandal premises or postpone it.
- In sealed buildings, devotees will have to make arrangements for the immersion of idols at home.
- If a house/building is declared a containment zone, the rules for it should be followed during the festival.
- The cap on the height of Ganpati idols and restrictions on celebrations have been imposed for the second year in a row to curb the spread of the COVID-19.
“Considering the potential danger of a third COVID-19 wave, devotees are strictly forbidden from taking darshan. It has been decided that Ganeshotsav mandals should provide darshan facility to devotees through cable network, website, Facebook or (other) social media,” the civic body said.