Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said that only five people should participate in the arrival and immersion procession of idols of the domestic god Ganesha during the Ganapati festival in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The BMC, which is spearheading Mumbai’s fight against coronavirus, made a special appeal to citizens in this regard ahead of the festival to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the metropolis on Thursday, with over 1 lakh There have been cases and around 6,000 deaths.
Apart from the public installation of idols of Lord Ganesha, thousands of people install such idols at home and immerse them during the 10-day festival, which is the most popular religious event in Maharashtra.
The civic body, in a release, requesting people to refrain from doing any act leading to the spread of COVID-19, warned that the violators Epidemic Act 1897, Bleaching Management Act, 2005 and the Indian Penal Code.
Asking people to follow safety protocols, including using masks or shields, hand sanitizers, and social removal norms during the festival, BMC appealed to citizens in large processions to protect their families Avoid participating.
This year the festival starts on 22 August.
The civic body said that Ganpati idols installed in the house should be made using environmentally friendly materials and their height should not exceed two feet.
BMC urged citizens, “If possible, instead of using idols made of clay, worship metal or marble idols.”
The civic body asked people to immerse eco-friendly Ganpati at home. If this is not possible, the idols should be immersed in artificial lakes, it said.
The BMC said that a common procession of household idols should be taken out of a housing society or building. Also, children and elderly persons should not be allowed to visit immersion sites, it said.