In Maharashtra, Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most important festivals celebrated with pomp and grandeur. Amid the fear of the third wave, the Maharashtra government has issued SOPs for Mumbai.
The Mumbai Police on Thursday announced, that starting from September 10 till September 19, Section 144 will be imposed. 458 fresh Covid-19 cases, six deaths were reported in Mumbai on Thursday whereas on Wednesday it recorded 530 new coronavirus cases, the highest since mid-July.
Any kind of procession will not be allowed during Ganesh Utsav and devotees will not be able to visit pandals either.
According to a report on India.com, “Mumbai Police impose Sec 144 CrPC in Mumbai from 10-19 Sept. No Ganpati processions will be allowed. More than 5 people are not allowed to gather at a place. Devotees to take darshan of Lord Ganesha online. Order applicable under the jurisdiction area of Mumbai Police Commissionerate.”
“It is prohibited to visit the idol of Lord Ganesha or visit the mandap and the darshan should be made available online or through electronic means,” said a statement released by the Maharashtra Home ministry.
In order to prevent the spread of infection, the Maharashtra home department also issued a circular banning visits to pandals.
A police release said that “No Physical Darshan only online Darshan”, “Organisers should make arrangements for digital darshan.”
BMC not only banned the physical darshan but also restricted the number of participants in Ganesh Utsav.
BMC, in a statement, said, “Considering the potential danger of a third COVID-19 wave, devotees are strictly forbidden from taking darshan. It has been decided that Ganeshotsav pandals should provide darshan facility to devotees through cable network, website, Facebook or (other) social media.”
IPC section 188, will be imposed on the person violating the orders (disobeying order) and other relevant laws, the police have said.
As per the report of Hindustan Times, the Karnataka government permitted Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in districts where the Covid-19 positivity rate is less than 2%.
People are advised to celebrate festival at home but will they is a big question ? This strictness isn’t seen first time but these kind of strict orders were also passed during Durga Puja, Eid and Diwali too. Eariler, a huge rise in cases was seen in Kerela when relaxation was given during Eid and festive times. So, this is a big lesson for all of us to remain at home and celebrate the festival with family.