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Ahead Of Ganesh Chaturthi And Moharram, Delhi Disaster Management Authority Issues Instructions To Contain COVID-19

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has banned all public celebrations and processions on Ganesh Chaturthi and Moharram

Ahead Of Ganesh Chaturthi And Moharram, Delhi Disaster Management Authority Issues Instructions To Contain COVID-19
Highlights
  • Ganesh Chaturthi, Moharram will begin from August 22, 20 respectively
  • Ganesh Chaturthi and Moharram often involves large public gatherings
  • Setting up of Ganesh idols in public places is not allowed

New Delhi: “Two months ago, in June, the coronavirus was widespread in Delhi and everyone was scared. I won’t say that we have won the war against COVID-19, we still have a long way to go, but the current situation is way better than what it was two months ago”, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on August 15. From reporting over 3,000 fresh cases of COVID-19 every day in late June to now reporting less than 1,500 cases of COVID-19, Delhi seems to have flattened the curve. However, the virus still prevalent and so on Sunday (August 16), the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) issued guidelines to the District Magistrates (DMs) ahead of forthcoming festivals – Ganesh Chaturthi and Moharram. This year, the first night of Moharram will begin from August 20 and Ganesh Chaturthi starts on August 22.

The order issued by DDMA bans all public celebrations on Ganesh Chaturthi and processions on Moharram. According to the guidelines, neither idol of Lord Ganesha shall be setup in any of the tent/pandal/public places, nor shall any kind of permission be granted for procession.

Also Read: PM Narendra Modi Urges Use Of Eco-Friendly Idols During Ganesh Chaturthi

The DDMA has asked the District Magistrates to encourage and advise the public to celebrate the festival at their home amid COVID-19 pandemic.

District Magistrates and District DCPs (Deputy Commissioner of Police) shall convene meetings with religious or community leaders before every such festival or occasion which has the possibility of large gathering or congregation, to get their cooperation to maintain the law and order and harmony and also to sensitise public for compliance of the guidelines issued for combating COVID-19 by the government from time to time, read the instructions undersigned by Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev.

DDMA has also ordered to deploy sufficient police force in all communally sensitive areas and in containment zones across the national capital.

It should be ensured that crowd does not gather in any religious or social place in any manner, instructs DDMA.

Also Read: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Drafts Special Rules For Celebration Of Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 During Coronavirus Pandemic

Delhi Pollution Control Committee Bans Idol Immersion At Public Places

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi culminates with the immersion of Lord Ganesha’s idol in a river or water body which involves large public gatherings. This year, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has prohibited the immersion of idols. Violation of the guideline will attract a fine of Rs. 50,000.

Last year, the Delhi government had created artificial ponds at public places for people to immerse idols on Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja.

Idol immersion in artificial ponds, too, is not allowed this time as large gatherings will increase the risk of virus transmission, a DPCC official said, as quoted by a news agency PTI.

Along with this, idol makers and sellers have been directed to use natural materials like traditional clay to make idols instead of baked clay and plaster of Paris. DPCC is also discouraging the use of paints, colours and dyes in the making of idols as these contain hazardous chemicals like mercury, zinc oxide, chromium, lead and cadmium.

Also Read: No Idol Immersion, Community Celebrations This Ganesh Chaturthi: Delhi Pollution Body

DDMA Orders To Ensure Safety During Festivals

The District Magistrates have been asked to make all necessary arrangements for checking during the festivals at all public places, bus stands railway stations, and sensitive and religious places in the city.

The DDMA has also emphasised on providing important public facilities like electricity, water, hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation in the national capital.

All the government hospitals have been directed to be prepared in advance to deal with any emergent situation and doctors, para-medical staff shall be on duty round-the-clock.

All empowered authorities may resort to imposing fines for violating the directives or guidelines and offences pertaining to social distancing, wearing of mask or face cover, spitting in public places and others. All enforcement authorities, field functionaries should be properly briefed about strict implementation of the instructions, one day before every festival or event, states the order.

Also Read: Some Hospitals In Delhi Seeing Re-emergence Of COVID-19 In Recovered Patients

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State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,88,429 2,149

33,379 222

64,15,316 1,898

1,39,734 29

Kerala

48,38,811 8,867

95,349 1,072

47,16,728 9,872

26,734 67

Karnataka

29,82,869 470

9,700 93

29,35,238 368

37,931 9

Tamil Nadu

26,84,641 1,245

15,238 213

26,33,534 1,442

35,869 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,708 586

6,453 135

20,38,960 712

14,295 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,014 6

133 2

16,86,984 8

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,463 451

7,513 63

15,52,997 506

18,953 8

Delhi

14,39,337 26

327 10

14,13,921 36

25,089

Odisha

10,34,276 467

4,817 73

10,21,180 535

8,279 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,624 10

197 6

9,91,857 16

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,383 1

40 2

9,45,389 3

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,258 14

212 3

8,15,960 17

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,675 6

106 5

7,82,046 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,049 14

116 11

7,60,884 3

10,049

Bihar

7,26,021 5

46 4

7,16,314 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,722 104

4,056 115

6,60,730 218

3,936 1

Assam

6,05,944 97

3,458 188

5,96,547 284

5,939 1

Punjab

6,01,992 21

228 6

5,85,224 25

16,540 2

Jharkhand

3,48,415 9

130 0

3,43,150 9

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,739 10

179 4

3,36,163 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,885 51

895 40

3,25,564 91

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,203 90

1,361 26

2,16,125 114

3,717 2

Goa

1,77,410 54

648 31

1,73,423 81

3,339 4

Puducherry

1,27,296 37

611 36

1,24,836 73

1,849

Manipur

1,22,545 113

1,444 0

1,19,208 109

1,893 4

Mizoram

1,11,651 932

13,316 285

97,955 1,211

380 6

Tripura

84,299 4

102 8

83,381 12

816

Meghalaya

82,815 81

893 1

80,490 79

1,432 1

Chandigarh

65,297 2

30 2

64,447 4

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,964 6

183 19

54,501 25

280

Sikkim

31,739 17

189 35

31,159 51

391 1

Nagaland

31,547 31

228 2

30,645 32

674 1

Ladakh

20,871 4

42 2

20,621 6

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

1 1

10,313 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641 1

9 1

7,503 2

129

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