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City is ready for immersions

The Ganesh immersion on Thursday will be the biggest gathering after the November 26, 2008, terror attacks. And the authorities are taking no chances, report Kasturi Bagwe & Megha Sood.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2009 01:45 IST
Kasturi Bagwe & Megha Sood

The Ganesh immersion on Thursday will be the biggest gathering after the November 26, 2008, terror attacks. And the authorities are taking no chances.

The National Cadet Corps (NCC), home guards, lifeguards, civil defence volunteers, along with Border Security Force and Rapid Action Force, will be the main man management authorities.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also asked the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard to co-operate. Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad personnel will be stationed at important locations.

The disaster management cell of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will also be prepared for an emergency.

Though the police authorities said that there are in all 105-immersion spots, the BMC has identified 88 and deployed 40,000 civic workers to avoid any problems.

The civic body has increased the number of searchlights, generators, and floodlights this year. Seven more searchlights have been increased to last year’s 16. Sixteen German rafts will be used to make the immersions easier and faster.

Nearly 6,000 volunteers from non-governmental organisations across the city have joined hands with the civic body to ensure a trouble-free immersion.

Altogether 44 motorboats have been deployed at immersion spots. Four huge boats have been set aside for big Ganpatis like the Lalbaugcha Raja.

Sixty first-aid centres have been set up and 52 ambulances have been prearranged. In addition, 12 mobile hospitals will be kept ready.

Four fire tenders have been installed at Girgaum, Shivaji Park, Mahim and Juhu.

Keeping in view the parking problem at the Marve beach, iron plates have been mounted. This will help accommodate 21 more trucks.