The city will see the immersion of the biggest idols on Sunday, and if the state of the Madh-Marve road leading to Aksa Beach and Gorai jetty, two major immersion routes, is anything to go by, it’s going to be a bumpy ride for Ganesha, this time around.
As HT found out, the stretch was ridden with potholes.
Girish Walawalkar, secretary, Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti said, “We have been constantly complaining about this stretch. It is filled with potholes. But the civic body has so far not taken any positive action.”
Mostly Ganpati idols from the northwestern suburbs of the city such as Dahisar, Borivli, Kandivli, Malad and Goregaon are immersed here and Ganpati mandals have said that there will be possibly more immersions here at the beach than last year.
Walawalkar said, “Generally, Ganpati idols from Jogeshwari, Goregaon and even some from Malad were immersed at Versova beach. But since only idols less than eight feet are now allowed there, a majority of idols are now immersed at Aksa.”
The civic body, meanwhile, said that it needs dry spells to fill these potholes.
“Heavy rainfall over the past few days hampered work. So, we couldn’t fill the remaining potholes,” said additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta.
Last year, a total of 171 sarvajanik idols were immersed at Aksa and 293 of them were immersed at Gorai jetty.