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
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