December 2, 2022


Public celebration of Ganesh competition has been restricted to 3 days in Bengaluru, opposite to the 5 days permitted within the tips issued by the federal government of Karnataka on September 5. Just one public pandal shall be allowed per ward in Bengaluru.

A choice to this impact was taken on September 7 throughout a gathering between BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta and Police Commissioner Kamal Pant.

Mr. Gupta stated, “Final yr too, we had allowed public festivities just for three days. With the Meeting session developing, police have details about a couple of protests as nicely. Now we have taken this choice to limit gatherings of individuals.”

On September 6, Income Minister R. Ashok had stated the civic physique would think about making an exception to the one pandal per ward rule if there was such a requirement. Nevertheless, Mr. Gupta clarified that the Karnataka authorities’s tips enable one pandal per ward and there can be no leisure to the rule.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) notified metropolis particular tips on September 7. Metropolis police and BBMP officers will finalise the venue of public celebrations of the competition in every ward by September 9 primarily based on functions acquired, the rules stated.

All cultural programmes, any use of loudspeaker and DJ units are banned at pandals. Organisers can not maintain any processions both whereas bringing the Ganesh idol to the venue or throughout immersion of the idol. Idols put in in public locations can’t be taller than 4 toes, not manufactured from Plaster of Paris, and must be immersed in cellular immersion tanks or at specified synthetic ponds that shall be created for the aim.

At public pandals, all organisers have to hold a adverse RT-PCR take a look at report and vaccination certificates. The organisers have been directed to organise vaccination camps on the pandals in collaboration with well being officers of the civic physique. Solely a complete of 20 individuals may be contained in the pandal at any given level of time. Dwelling guards and marshals deployed in any respect pandals to make sure there isn’t any crowding and COVID-19 Applicable Behaviour is adopted. Violators shall be penalised.

Police Commissioner Kamal Pant stated curfew can be in drive from 9 p.m. BBMP ward officers have been tasked with sanitising the premises of all public pandals and temples the place Ganesh idols have been put in.

‘No immersion in lakes’

Immersion of Ganesh idols at lakes has been banned this yr. Idols put in in houses can’t be taller than 2 toes, and so they must be immersed in buckets at dwelling or in cellular idol immersion tankers, stated Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta. A cellular idol immersion tanker shall be assigned to every ward. BBMP officers will use public deal with methods to tell the time and place the place the service may be availed inside the ward.


Even idols put in in public locations and temples should be immersed in cellular tankers. Synthetic immersion ponds shall be created for big idols at choose places in Bengaluru the place immersion shall be allowed with a minimal variety of individuals however no procession, Mr. Gupta stated.

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