Sin­gle-win­dow sys­tem for pan­dals

NEW MEA­SURE Or­gan­is­ers will no longer have to seek nod from dif­fer­ent au­thor­i­ties such as NMMC, fire and po­lice depts

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

In an at­tempt to ease the process of reg­is­ter­ing pan­dals dur­ing the Ganesh Chaturthi fes­ti­val, the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has ini­ti­ated a sin­gle win­dow sys­tem this year.

Through this, all the pan­dals are ex­pected to get the clear­ance in a smoother and eas­ier way with­out hav­ing to ap­proach dif­fer­ent au­thor­i­ties for ap­provals.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, the sys­tem was bought in place to en­sure that the Bom­bay high court’s di­rec­tives on the rules and reg­u­la­tions for the man­dals are fol­lowed strictly. “We have im­ple­mented the sin­gle win­dow clear­ance sys­tem as it will help us track if the pan­dals are fol­low­ing all the norms or not,” said Ankush Chavan, city ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC). “Be­sides, it will also be eas­ier for the or­gan­is­ers from the pan­dals to get their ap­pli­ca­tions ap­proved,” he added.

Usu­ally, of­fi­cials from the Ganeshot­sav pan­dals had to ap­proach the au­thor­i­ties like the cor­po­ra­tion, fire, po­lice etc. sep­a­rately to get the clear­ance for erect­ing the pan­dal. Un­der the new sys­tem, how­ever, the pan­dals have to list that they are ful­fill­ing all their guide­lines as given by the HC.

“Ganesh pan­dal or­gan­is­ers have been asked to sub­mit their Devo­tees bring a Gan­pati idol by blow­ing tra­di­tional trum­pets at Vashi on Satur­day.

ap­pli­ca­tions at their re­spec­tive ward of­fices. Once it is given the first ap­proval, the pan­dals can start their con­struc­tion and dec­o­ra­tion works. Our joint team of ward of­fi­cers, fire

of­fi­cers, MSEDCL of­fi­cers and po­lice will also visit the spot and in­spect it a week be­fore the fes­ti­val starts, i.e. Septem­ber 5. If ev­ery­thing is found to be go­ing as per the di­rec­tions then

the pan­dal will get the fi­nal clear­ance,” said Chavan. He also said that if any­one is found to be flout­ing the norms they would be asked to shift their venue or even be fined.

The last date for sub­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tions is Au­gust 31 but there will be an ex­ten­sion of 2-3 days since many of them have not even got the per­mis­sion to erect the pan­dal yet.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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