With just a few days left for Ganeshotsav, the state government has banned public processions and idol immersions.
Chief secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar, in orders issued on Friday, has directed deputy commissioners and civic commissioners to strictly enforce the rules.
According to the directive, the festival should be celebrated in a simple manner either in temples or in homes. “Ganesha statues should not be installed in public places (eg., road, gully, oni, grounds, etc.). Ganesha statues cannot be paraded for any reason or under any circumstances. Ganesha statues installed in houses should be disposed of in their own premises,” the order reads.
The order goes on to say, “The temples celebrating the Sri Ganesh festival should be sanitized daily. Devotees who come for public viewing should use sanitizers and be thermally screened. At least 6 feet of social should be maintained. The public must wear masks. National and State guidelines should be adhered to in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, the guidelines of the Department of Health, the police, the Pollution Control Board, the Fire Department, the district administration and other departments must be complied with.”