Cops and mandals to meet on Monday

  • | Monday | 25th September, 2023

Nashik: The Nashik city police said that the traditional procession of Ganapati mandals for immersion of Ganesh idols would begin at 11am.The police have also decided to give a particular time slot to each mandal to arrive at the traditional procession route to avoid unnecessary delay.Senior police officials said that they will also be conducting a meeting on Monday at the Bhadrakali police station to decide the order of Ganesh mandals. The police said that around 20 Ganesh mandals participate in the traditional procession, which starts from Vakadi Barav and ends at Mhasoba grounds.Every Mandal will be given a particular time slot to arrive on the procession route. If the concerned mandal does not arrive in time, the following mandal will take that spot.Like every year, the time slots of the first five Ganesh Mandals will remain the same. The first Ganesh Mandal in the procession will be from Nashik Municipal Corporation. In the meeting, the police would decide which Ganesh Mandal would be sixth and so on in the immersion procession.Meanwhile, the police is also likely to take a decision on limiting the number of Dhol Pathaks (teams of drummers) each mandal should be using in their respective procession. Many times, Ganesh Mandals deploy two to three or even more Dhol Pathaks in their procession, which becomes too long, and the procession of mandals following them gets late in reaching the riverbanks for immersion.Meanwhile, the police have also told the Ganesh mandals not to block the entire procession route as it becomes difficult for the devotees to walk on the procession route.We also published the following articles recentlyRTO tells Ganesh mandals to get vehicles checked for processionsThe Regional Transport Office in Pune has advised Ganesh mandals to get their vehicles checked by inspectors before the idol immersion procession to ensure smooth running and avoid technical problems. Though not mandatory, this step will help prevent chaos and delays during the procession. The mandals typically use vehicles like tractors, tempo travellers, and small trucks to carry the idols. A dedicated facility has been set up for inspecting these vehicles. This precautionary measure is aimed at ensuring a safe and orderly immersion procession.Ganesh mandals plan grand celebrations, hike budgetsPreparations for the Ganesh festival have begun in Nashik, with eight mandals setting up pandals and decorating them according to the theme of "Samyukta Maharashtra". One mandal will address the issue of commercialization of education through a social awareness program. Another mandal plans to create a replica of the Kedarnath Mandir. Meanwhile, Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Lucknow will focus on socio-cultural themes, including environmental conservation and the success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission. In India, people are also opting for eco-friendly ways to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi by making idols from materials that are safe for the environment.25% rise in Ganesh mandals seeking nod; many without itA total of 861 public Ganesh mandals have been granted permission in Nagpur this year, an increase of 207 from last year. However, many mandals have erected pandals without permission. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation has issued final NOCs to 630 mandals, with 39 still awaiting payment and 116 applications received on Monday. Certain areas in the city have seen a rise in the number of Ganesh mandals this year compared to 2022. The NMC has also taken action against shopkeepers selling PoP idols.

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