Mumbai said goodbye to 44,476 one-and-a-half-day Ganesh idols till 9pm on Tuesday, officials from the civic body’s disaster control department said on the first day of immersion.
While 111 Sarvajanik idols were immersed at natural water bodies across the city, there were 44,365 household idols.
The immersions went on till 12am. At 31 artificial immersion sites across 24 wards, the number of immersions were 8,689, 72 Sarvajanik and 8,617 household idol immersions.
In 2015, a total of 65,925 idols were immersed with 270 Sarvajanik and 65,655 household idols on the first day of immersion.
Officials from the umbrella body of Ganesh mandals in the city said most immersions were observed at Girgaum, Shivaji Park and Juhu on Tuesday.
“Thousands of people had come down to these natural immersion spots, with close to 800 idols immersed at Girgaum while over 1,200 idols were immersed at Shivaji Park. Lifeguards helped citizens immerse the idols slightly away from the shore. As they were all household idols, the immersion will not cause beach pollution on Wednesday,” said Naresh Dahibhavkar, president, Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS).
Divyesh Thakkar, resident of Matunga, and his family of 25, travelled to Chaityabhoomi in Shivaji Park for immersing their 2.5-foot idol. “It is always a sad feeling bidding farewell to Bappa, but this year we did not face a lot of traffic during immersions,” he said.
“The immersion was smooth owing to help from the lifeguards,” he said.