Raja Ganesh Mandal fined

This year the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) fined Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal for damaging roads and leaving behind more than 200 potholes during the 12-day Ganeshotsav. Last year, the mandal was fined Rs4.5 lakh, which it paid.

Vishwas Mote, assistant commissioner, F-south ward, said the mandal was fined Rs 4.86 lakh for damaging the road while erecting pandal and creating dividers for managing beeline queues of devotees.

An official from the F-south Ward said, “We have started fixing the potholes instead of waiting for the mandals to pay the fine. Even as we assess the damage was done to the roads by pandals, all the roads will be repaired within a week.”

Though civic officials have initiated the process of assessing road damage in all the 24 wards by Ganesh pandals, it will take at least a week for them to complete the inspection. The BMC charges Rs2,000 for every pothole.