Muharram and Ganesh Chaturthi eclipse due to Corona, DDMA took strict steps

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New Delhi: In view of the danger of Coronavirus infection, the procession of the procession and installation of the public idol on Ganesh Chaturthi has been banned during the Muharram in Delhi. It has been appealed to the people to celebrate all the festivals at their own homes and avoid exiting non-essential. Police officers in Delhi have been instructed to ensure strict adherence to the Covid-19 protocol in their respective areas. The directives were issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) headed by LG Anil Baijal.

The DDMA’s instructions state that during Ganesh Chaturthi, no idol of Lord Ganesha will be installed in a public place nor will it be allowed to carry out the procession. People will not be allowed to take out the procession/Tajiya even at Muharram. The District Magistrate and DCP were instructed to meet with religious/community leaders before each major festival and seek their cooperation in maintaining law and order.

DDMA said that police forces should be arranged in advance by identifying communally sensitive areas. Do not allow crowds to gather in such areas and make all necessary arrangements for checking during festivals at all bus stands, railway stations. For this, deployment of Dog Squad, Anti Terrorist Squad and Bomb Prevention Teams should be done in time.

According to an official of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), controlled by the Delhi government, celebrating the festival at the community level is not allowed. No idol immersion will be allowed on the upcoming festival of the Yamuna or any other reservoir, public place, pond or ghat. The DPCC said that for violation of the order, a fine of fifty thousand rupees will be imposed.

The DPCC said that as per the 2015 order of the National Green Tribunal, idol immersion in Yamuna is banned. Last year, the Delhi government built artificial ponds for idol immersion in a public place. But this year, due to the risk of corona infection, construction of these ponds is not possible. In such a situation, people will have to complete the method of immersion in a bucket or any other vessel in their house.

The DPCC has asked the idol makers and sellers to make idols out of natural objects. There is a ban on making plaster of Paris or sculpted clay. This year, the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on 22 August.

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