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It’s just 15 days for Ganesh Chaturthi, and the BMC is yet to start single-window clearance system for granting civic permission for setting up pandals. Ganpati Mandals in the city has already started feeling the heat as the BMC now is delaying the process of granting the permission.

According to a report in Asian Age, ‘D’ ward is the only ward which is giving out forms for seeking approval for the mandals. The other 23 administrative wards are yet to begin the permission process.

Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshutsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS), president Naresh Dahibhavkar, told Asian Age, “We had suggested that BMC start with an online system to ease the permission procedure, but they are yet to start with it. The ‘single window clearance’ which was meant to seek all required permissions, like fire, traffic, police etc, itself was commenced on Tuesday. It should have begun at least a month before the festival.”

According to the Bombay High Court order, the civic body is expected to start the permission procedure a month prior to the festival. The Bombay High Court earlier had issued directive to civic body against the structures encroaching on public spaces, after which the BMC drafted set of rules for the mandals, in which it made approvals from the police, traffic police and fire department mandatory. In order to ease up approval system, a single window system was introduced.

The BMC is also in process of developing a software for online permission process for Ganpati mandals, in which it will provide a single window clearance from various authorities. But the BMC has not mentioned any dates, with just 15 days left in hand BMC is in a tight spot.

Anand Waghralkar, deputy municipal commissioner told Hindustan Times, “We are in process of developing software to clear this year’s application.” The online procedure was started by the BMC after Ganpati pandals co-ordination committee in Mumbai demanded that BMC should start online permission system which will ease up the permission process.

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