Arrangements underway for Lata Mangeshkar’s state funeral at Shivaji Park in Mumbai

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The funeral of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar will take place in open ground in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park, where her body will be kept for the public to pay their respects on Sunday evening, officials from the city’s civic body have said.

The site where the 92-year-old singer’s funeral will be celebrated with full state honors is about 100 meters from the memorial of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray on the western side of Shivaji Park, located in the Dadar area. .

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal told PTI that they have prepared about 25 kg of sandalwood for the cremation of Mangeshkar along with other necessary things.

About 2,000 square feet of the park area was barricaded for the funeral, a BMC official said.

Chahal issued special permission for the singer’s funeral to take place at the park.

“The BMC is making all necessary arrangements at Shivaji Park,” Chahal said, adding that the Melody Queen’s remains are expected to be brought to the ground in some time.

A senior official said he made arrangements similar to those made for Balasaheb Thackeray’s funeral at the same grounds.

Chahal said he erected two stages inside the barricaded area of ​​the park.

On one platform, the singer’s mortal remains would be kept for public “darshan” (viewing), and her various photographs would be exhibited on another stage, he said.

Another platform was being erected near it with cement blocks for the last rites.

The Civic Corps was also erecting a stage for VIPs outside the barricaded area on the west side of the park.

The park gate located near the residence of the head of MNS Raj Thackeray has been reserved for the movement of VIPs, while another gate near the Shivaji Park Gymkhana will be available for the movement of the general public.

People started arriving at the park from 1 p.m. to attend the funeral of the legendary singer.

Chahal and Additional City Commissioner Suresh Kakani were on the ground to oversee the arrangements.

A team of doctors and other medical personnel from the BMC’s G-North district have also been dispatched to the field to deal with any emergency.

A few JCBs, a steamroller and a few tempos accompanied by workers were on the ground shaping the arrangements.

An ambulance, a few tank trucks and a generator van were also placed on the ground.

An OB (outside broadcast) van from Doordarshan also reached the ground to live-stream the cremation procedure.

Earlier today, Mangeshkar’s body was taken to her home on Pedder Road in South Mumbai from the hospital, where she breathed her last in the morning.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday he would travel to Mumbai later in the day to pay his last respects to Mangeshkar.

A two-day national mourning will be observed following the death of the legendary singer on February 6 and 7.

The national flag will fly at half mast on Sunday and Monday across India and a state funeral will be given to him.

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