Updated: August 19, 2021 10:20:22 am
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has directed all its ward offices to take action against stalls on streets and footpaths that are selling Ganapatis, puja items and other things, including snacks, ahead of Ganesh Festival and Raksha Bandhan.
Deputy Municipal Commissioner Madhav Jagtap said open spaces of schools and grounds will be made available by the civic administration to set up such stalls, which will otherwise be banned on roads and streets. “Those who want to put up stalls in open grounds to sell Ganapatis or puja items should approach the civic land and estate department for the purpose,” he said.
Ward offices have to ensure that no stalls come up on streets and footpaths, Jagtap said, adding that action should be taken immediately against such illegal stalls while a daily report on action taken should be submitted to the Municipal Commissioner.
The PMC has asked all ward offices to make open grounds available for erecting stalls 15 days ahead of the Ganesh Festival. “Ward offices should not issue no objection certificates to any stalls on streets and footpaths,” he added.
In a recent meeting with Ganesh mandals, civic officers and police officers, Mayor Murlidhar Mohol had said the Ganesh Festival should be celebrated in a simple way to prevent the spread of the pandemic. For the second consecutive year, the PMC has banned processions and decorations during the 10-day festival in the city.
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