Fewer NMMC posters this Gan­pati

NO OB­STRUC­TION Civic of­fi­cials to abide by high court di­rec­tive, to fo­cus on au­dio mes­sages for giv­ing info on dis­eases

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Un­like the pre­vi­ous years, vis­i­tors at the makeshift pan­dals dur­ing the up­com­ing fes­ti­vals Ganesh Chaturthi and Navara­tri will not be wel­comed by huge posters and ban­ners on dengue, malaria, swine flu and tu­ber­cu­lo­sis at ev­ery nook and cor­ner of the city this year.

Of­fi­cials from the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) said that although the health depart­ment would be un­der­tak­ing var­i­ous aware­ness pro­grammes, they would not be putting up the hoard­ings and ban­ners which they do ev­ery year in huge num­bers.

Ac­cord­ing to a di­rec­tive from the high court in 2014, all the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions were asked to chalk out con­crete so­lu­tions and take strin­gent ac­tions against ban­ners and posters that de­face the city.

Fol­low­ing this, the NMMC had banned po­lit­i­cal par­ties and com­mer­cial ad­ver­tis­ers from put up hoard­ings and ban­ners dur­ing fes­ti­vals.

Last year, the anti-en­croach­ment depart­ment had pulled down around 3,240 il­le­gal hoard­ings and ban­ners dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son. But this year on­wards, the de­ci­sion has been ex­tended to the civic body’s in­ter­nal de­part­ments as well since the present com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe has in­structed civic body of­fi­cials to fol­low the rules as well.

“We will put up only 30-40% of the num­ber of ban­ners that we usu­ally put up dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son. These ban­ners, how­ever, will be put up in a way that they do not ob­struct the view of the pan­dal or traf­fic at im­por­tant roads and junc­tions,” said Ankush Cha­van, ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner (city), NMMC.

Of­fi­cials from the civic body said that the health depart­ment has to take per­mis­sion from the en­croach­ment depart­ment and can only put up the hoard­ings and ban­ners at lo­ca­tions per­mit­ted by them.

The health depart­ment will, how­ever, take up other ini­tia­tives Work for a Gan­pati pan­dal in progress at Sec­tor 17 in Vashi.

for cre­at­ing aware­ness on var­i­ous dis­eases.

“We will dis­trib­ute around 2,000 hand­bills and pam­phlets to vis­i­tors at the pan­dals. Be­sides, there will be au­dio sys­tems through in­for­ma­tion on these

dis­eases and the dos and don’ts will be broad­cast,” said Ramesh Nikam, med­i­cal of­fi­cer, NMMC.

“There will also be demon­stra­tions to show how mos­quito lar­vae of dengue and malaria form. Our team of med­i­cal of­fi­cers will take rounds at the pan­dals and sim­ple pre­cau­tion­ary in­struc­tions will be given to the vis­i­tors,” he added.

The 10-day fes­ti­val be­gins on Septem­ber 5. Around 190 pan­dals were reg­is­tered un­der the NMMC ju­ris­dic­tion last year. This time, the last date for sub­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tions is Au­gust 31. There will be an ex­ten­sion of 2-3 days since many of them have not even got the per­mis­sion to erect the pan­dal yet.

An em­ployee of a ca­ter­ing ser­vice was in her of­fice on Thurs­day when rob­bers barged in, tied her to a chair and took away Rs40,000 and two mo­bile phones.

The in­ci­dent took place around 11am at Ghan­soli.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, 23-year-old Var­sha Pawar, an em­ployee of Zari Mata Ca­ter­ing Ser­vices was work­ing alone in her of­fice at Sec­tor 4 in Ghan­soli. An uniden­ti­fied per­son en­tered the of­fice and asked for some­one named Santosh. The wo­man told him that there was no Santosh in that of­fice and the man left.

“After a few min­utes, two other peo­ple came to the of­fice and told Pawar that they were from the Mum­bai of­fice. They

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