Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: Section 144 IMPOSED in Mumbai from TODAY till September 19 to CURB COVID-19 - Check GUIDELINES here
The Mumbai Police has imposed section 144 in the city due to Ganesh Chathurthi till September 19 in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mumbai Police on Thursday has imposed section 144 in the city from today September 10, 2021, till September 19, 2021, in order to ensure there is no public celebration takes place during Ganesh Chaturthi festival in the view of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
News agency ANI reported that the Mumbai Police has taken this decision to impose section 144 in the city to contain the COVID-19 infection during the festival. Furthermore, no processions of Ganapati will be allowed, and the Mumbai Commissioner's Office informed that more than five persons cannot gather at a place.
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The Ganesh Chaturthi festival starts from today, September 10, 2021, and the Visarjan will take place on Sunday, September 19, 2021.
Incidentally, earlier Maharashtra government advised the people to celebrate the festival at home. ANI has also tweeted about this from its official Twitter handle. The tweet said, "Maharashtra Government prohibits public from visiting Ganesh mandals on Ganesh Chaturthi, asks mandal organisers to make darshan available online or through other electronic means."
ANI also reported that a statement released by the Maharashtra Home Ministry said, "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."
ANI also reported that order regarding the imposition of section 144 in Mumbai has been issued from the Mumbai Commissioner's office and will be applicable under the jurisdiction area of Mumbai Police Commissionerate.
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar urged Mumbaikers to follow 'Mera Ghar, Mera Bappa' (My House, My Lord Ganesha) to celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi festival at home, as per an ANI report.
Pednekar further said, "Being the Mumbai Mayor, I am going to follow 'Mera Ghar, Mera Bappa'. I will not go anywhere and nor will I bring anyone near my lord. This is important to curb the third wave in the state."
Ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, the state government of Andhra Pradesh and the government of the union territory of Delhi have also restricted the public celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi.
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