The tradition initiated by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak is gaining momentum in 2012 too. The specialty of this 10-day Ganpati festival is drawing each and every mandals are much busy with creation of large set and beautiful decorations with many social messages in the mandals platform in order to spread awareness among the public.
It is to be noted that the civic bodies like Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS) and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has regularly appealing to the Ganesh mandal organisers to select ongoing issues. On the other hand many mandals in and around the city has chosen current issues such as ban on plastic carry bags, literacy campaign, cleanliness, female foeticide, gutkha ban and corruption.
Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti, spokesperson, Uday Salian said, “This year, we will not allow any plastic bag inside the pandal. We will distribute ‘prasad’ in paper bags. We will not allow any advertisement which encourages tobacco-related products.”
The Akhil Chandanwadi Sarvajanikganeshotsav mandal, in Marine Lines, joint secretary, Sudhir Salvi said, “This year, we have made a four-minute film to sensitise people on child labour, corruption and how inflation has hit the common man.”
The BSGSS, president, Naresh Dahibaonkar said, “Decoration ideas have changed in the last 10 to 12 years of the festival. This is a good platform to create awareness among people when lakhs of people visit the pandal.”
Khetwadi 11th lane Sarvajnik Ganeshotsav Mandal spokesman said, “Our idol is known as Mumbaicha Maharaja. We will spread awareness on female foeticide.”