Special arrangements for Ganesha idol immersion

Special arrangements for Ganesha idol immersion

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has made special arrangements for the immersion of Ganesha idols in select lakes during the Gowri- Ganesha festival.

The BDA has constructed kalyanis (immersion tanks) in nine of its lakes- Jakkur, Rachenahally, Venkateshpura, Kothnur, Sompura, Thallaghattapura, Ullalu, Mallathahally and Kommaghatta.

People can immerse the idols between 10 am and 8 pm from August 29 to September 7.

Separate staff have been appointed to help the public. People have been requested to avoid idols painted with artificial and harmful colours so that the lakes are not polluted.

They have also been requested to remove the garlands and other ornamental materials and deposit them in designated places before immersing the idols, said an official press release.

Police guidelines

The Bangalore City police have issued guidelines to be followed by the organisations and committees erecting Ganesha pandals.

Obtain permission from jurisdictional police and make sure that no hindrance is caused for the public, residents and motorists.

Take permission from the landowner where the pandal will be erected.

Appoint two volunteers to monitor the pandal day and night.

Do not store any inflammable material inside the pandal.

Install CCTV cameras and record the entire proceedings.

Obtain permission from the Bescom for lighting.

Do not play music beyond 10 pm.

Furnish personal details of the organisation's president, secretary and other members to the jurisdictional police station.

Identify volunteers to maintain decorum and provide them ID cards and T-shirts bearing the organisation's name.

Any untoward incidents or misbehaving with women will be dealt with strictly.

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