The Mumbai Ganeshotsav coordination committee, the umbrella organisation of all local Ganpati mandals in the city, is unhappy with the civic garden department.
This is because the department has not acted on their demands of pruning trees and filling up the potholes that come in the way when Ganesh idols are ferried.
With just a week left for the festival, the civic body has now started preparation of providing various facilities for devotees and they may miss the deadline in time of the festival.
The city has about 25 lakh trees, of which more than 5 lakh have stooped on the major roads in the city. This could cause accidents and hence the committee has approached the civic body to trim them.
Naresh Dahibavkar, president of the coordination committee said, “The civic body is neither acting on our demand, nor allowing us to trim the trees on our own.”
“The civic body trims the trees every year. However, this year they are making up excuses of being short staffed,” Dahibavkar said. He also said that they approached the civic body many times, however the BMC didn’t act on it.
Sanjay Shirke, president of Malabar Hill coordination committee, an umbrella committee of 41 Ganesh mandals said they have been asking the BMC to trim the trees and fill the potholes on the way to Malabar Hill for the last fifteen days. “Most of the Ganesh idols comes from Lalbaug through Nana Chowk and Napean Sea road, which is now in a bad condition,” said Shirke.
“On Saturday, the D ward office staff has told me to come with a No Objection Certificate from all the private housing societies to get permission to trim the trees that were stooping from inside the compound wall. Isn’t this their job?” asked Shirke.
“We have started the trimming and will complete the work in a week’s time,” said Chandrashekhar Rokde, deputy municipal commissioner (Garden department). He also said that because of the hot summer and heavy monsoons, the trees have overgrown this year.
Anil Diggikar additional municipal commissioner said that the roads will be filled up in next few days, before the Ganesh festival. Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya and Mayor Shraddha Jadhav are also taking rounds and inspected the work done on these roads.