Free Press Journal

Single window clearance for Mumbai idol makers, this year


Mumbai: Ganpati and Durga idol-makers in the city will no longer have to go around taking permissions from various authorities – local police, traffic as well as MCGM to run their business starting from June to October every year. Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Deshmukh on Tuesday decided on a single window clearance system for idol-makers after meeting the members of the Maharashtra Ganeshotsav Mahasangh.

The president of the Mahasangh Suresh Sarnobat raised concerns of idol-makers citing that, “Every year, idol-makers from the city as well the ones’ who come from other parts of the state have to run from one department to another, seeking various permissions to erect temporary shelters in the city to make the idols.

However, our demand was to give them a permanent relief of granting permission with the old registration form they have since last 40-50 years.” The MCGM has not only given the idol-makers relief of a single window clearance but also gave them an opportunity of paying one time deposit of Rs 5,000 for a tenure of five years instead of Rs 2,000 which was for one year.

Every year, the MCGM collects rent from idol-makers as per their shelter being built up- for 300 sqft to 500 sqft they have to pay Rs 660 plus extra tax of 14.5 per cent.