How to submit online applications for BMC consent and permissions for Ganapati Mandaps


Want to know how to get consent from BMC to set up Ganapati pandals in Mumbai? This article explains the general rules and regulations for Ganapati Mandals to set up Mandaps for Lord Ganesha during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. You will find the details of what is required and the online application procedure for the BMC consent form.

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is a joyous one celebrated prominently in the State of Maharashtra. In the city of Mumbai, pandals vie with each other to be the most beautifully decorated one, many of which also have a theme focused on a current topic. With Ganesh Chaturthi beginning on 2nd September this year, various Ganeshotsav Mandals have started applying for permission to the Maintenance Department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which sanctions the permits to set up a Mandap. The single window online application was started last year, with more than three thousand Mandals applying for permission. There is thus no need to approach the civic body or the fire department or the police department separately to get a NOC (No Objection Certificate).

Ganapati Idol
[Image taken by the author]

Mandap requirements

Mandals should comply not only with the rules related to the location, immersion, etc but also ensure that they do not exceed the sound limits. Some of the rules and regulations which should be followed are given below.

The location with safety measures: The Mandal cannot set up a mandap which encroaches a footpath or obstructs traffic in any way. It should be located at least 10 feet away from a building and the road leading towards it should not have any obstructions of any nature (e.g. parked vehicles, hoardings, etc). Further, it should be at a distance of at least 15 meters from railway lines and from combustible places such as an electric sub-station, furnace or chimney (e.g. which are to be found in an industrial unit or a bakery). All requisite fire safety measures should be taken, including for electrical wiring, provision of fire extinguishers (both water and dry powder ones), etc and competent people must be appointed to deal with emergencies. Permission is required, too, from the police and traffic department.

BMC has also made it clear that holes should not be made in a road and if done so, the Mandal will be penalized with a fine.



Size: When filling up the application form to get consent, the Mandal needs to mention the dimensions of the mandap in terms of width, height, etc.

Advertisements/Hoardings: There should be no hoardings and advertisements related to tobacco and tobacco-related products anywhere within or around the Mandap. None of the hoardings should create an obstruction for the movement of people and emergency vehicles.

Cleanliness: The Mandal is responsible for maintaining hygiene and cleanliness in and around the Mandap on all the festival days. Once the celebrations are over, immediately the next day the entire place where the Mandap was put up should be thoroughly cleaned up with no litter/garbage left around.

Gates and Stalls: No stalls will be allowed to be set up inside the Mandap. In case of stalls outside, these are not allowed due to possible obstructions to the approach road. Permission is also required to set up temporary gates/arches, which Mandaps may put up at the entry/exit points of the Mandap.

How to apply

The applicant should fill up this online application form for Ganapati Mandap permission.

Last year the BMC had stated that those who apply and have uploaded the required documents would just need to renew the BMC application consent form the following year as the data of the Mandal will be saved. Accordingly, now those Mandals can enter their old permission number and click on 'get details'. They can also provide the old Police NOC number and date of last year. Others will have to apply by selecting 'new permission'.

For reference see this image:
Ganapati Pandal BMC Consent Application Form
[Image source: https://portal.mcgm.gov.in/irj/portal/anonymous]

Some of the details to be submitted in the online application include –
(i) The name and address of the applicant.
(ii) The name and address of the Mandal and a valid email for communication.
(iii) The dates during which the Ganeshotsav festival will be celebrated at the Mandap.
(iv) The name of the Mandal's Secretary and contact details, as well as that of the Chairman (their Aadhar Card numbers are also required).
(v) The name of the Administrative ward and Electoral ward, the concerned police station and traffic police division.
(vi) Whether you are applying for a Mandap or a Gate or both.
(vii) The location of the Gate and/or Mandap with the structural stability certificate to be uploaded (in case of multiple gates, each one's location and certificate to be uploaded separately).
(viii) The proposed dimensions of the Mandap in terms of length, width and height (area in feet). If these are not the same as the previous year, then a reason needs to be given.

At the very end, the applicant has to sign the declaration and click on the submit button.

Last date to submit the application: 19th August 2019, up to 5.30 p.m.



Important note: Before submitting the application, the applicant needs to sign the Undertaking Cum Indemnity Bond for fire safety requirements of the Mumbai Fire Brigade. The applicant, the Secretary and the Chairman, all three have to sign this Bond.

You can check the Bond at these pages:
English - https://portal.mcgm.gov.in/irj/go/km/docs/documents/Online%20Services/Maintenance/UndertakingCumIndemnityBondofFire.pdf

Marathi - https://portal.mcgm.gov.in/irj/go/km/docs/documents/Online%20Services/Maintenance/GanapatiIndemnityBondMarathi.pdf

Contact Information:

Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai,
Head Quarter,
Mumbai C.S.T. 400001
Website: https://portal.mcgm.gov.in/irj/portal/anonymous

Footnote: BMC organizes a Ganesh Utsav Competition each year, for which Mandals can submit their entries separately.


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