Because of the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the city, civic chief Tukaram Mundhe ruled out public celebration of the Ganesh festival this year. He also asked the community organizations to opt for household celebrations by respecting wisdom God to avoid transmission of COVID-19 in the city.
The organization needs to work together in the best interest of citizens of Nagpur. In a meeting at the auditorium of New Administrative Building wherein Mundhe outlined that the Maharashtra Government has issued guidelines about the 10-day Ganesh festival. These guidelines will be implemented in Nagpur city too.
From August 22 the Ganesh festival gets underway and this year citizens would have to be very alert as the shadow of COVID-19 has cast its web over society.
At public places, social distancing has to be observed totally and hence public festivals should be avoided at all costs. Similarly, the idols to be installed at homes should be of 2 feet height only and at public places not more than 4 feet and they should be immersed in artificial tanks only.
Mundhe said more preferably citizens this year should opt for symbolic festivals wherein they could opt for installation of an idol made from metal or that of stone.
In case citizens still want to have conventional celebrations then they can opt for idols made from Shadu soil and immersion be done at respective homes so that crowding is avoided in public places.
Similarly, public organizations should go for health camps, blood donation camps, and stress on awareness about the corona, malaria, and other viruses that tend to spread fast during the rainy season. The public places should be sanitized from time to time and people should be couraged to keep wearing the masks.
(With inputs from TheLiveNagpur)