New fire norms irk Ganpati mandals in Mumbai

With the fire brigade asking Ganpati mandals to sign an undertaking that they will follow the 23-point safety drill laid down by the department, organisers are worried that committing on a stamp paper would make them criminally responsible in case there is any untoward incident.

“All these years, Ganpati mandals have been getting No objection Certificate (NOC) from the fire brigade after they inspect the pandal location. All of a sudden, a 23-point guideline has been issued and we are being asked to simply sign an undertaking,” said Naresh Dahibavkar, president, Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshostsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS), the umbrella body of Ganesh mandals across the city. “Signing an undertaking comes with a responsibility, which is why the organisers are worried.”