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BMC: POP idols can only be immersed in artificial lakes on Ganeshotsav

Mumbai | The Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) has made it obligatory for residents and organizers of assorted pandals to immerse Plaster of Paris (POP) idols solely in synthetic ponds throughout Ganeshotsav this yr. Permitting the immersion of idols product of POP this yr “as a special case”, the BMC stated in a launch issued on Monday that it could be obligatory to say on the idols that they have been product of POP. The BMC additionally introduced that there can be a whole ban on POP idols underneath the BMC’s jurisdiction throughout Ganeshotsav in 2023. The civic physique had final month introduced a whole ban on POP idols forward of Ganeshotsav, however the umbrella our bodies of assorted Ganesh mandals

After a gathering with the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samiti on Monday, the civic physique withdrew its earlier resolution. The BMC stated in a launch that in the course of the Ganeshotsav being held after two years because of the COVID-19 restrictions, this yr “as a special case” permission has been given to purchase and promote POP idols of Lord Ganesha, however it will likely be allowed subsequent yr. will likely be strictly prohibited. He stated, “Will probably be obligatory to immerse the idols of Ganesh produced from POP put in at residence solely in a synthetic lake.

It has additionally been made obligatory to say ‘Plaster of Paris’ on these idols, in order that they are often recognized throughout immersion. Within the launch, Harshad Kale, Deputy Commissioner, BMC Zone-II, urged that the peak of the idols put in at residence throughout Ganeshotsav this yr shouldn’t be greater than two ft and for public pandals not less than the peak needs to be put in. The civic physique will concern on-line permissions for Ganpati pandals by a single window system, the discharge stated.

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