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Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019

Mumbaiites pick ponds for Bappa’s farewell

The BMC has created 32 artificial ponds across the city for Ganpati immersion. “We have been getting better response at artificial ponds as a lot of people do not want to travel to far off places for immersion, especially when they have artificial ponds nearby,” said a senior civic official.

mumbai Updated: Sep 04, 2019 03:58 IST
Yesha Kotak
Yesha Kotak
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Devotees immerse the idol of Ganesha on the second day of the Ganpati festival on the bank of Mutha river in Pune.
Devotees immerse the idol of Ganesha on the second day of the Ganpati festival on the bank of Mutha river in Pune. (Milind Saurkar/HT File Photo)
         

The first visarjan day of this year’s Ganeshotsav saw 38,570 idols immersed in natural water bodies and artificial ponds across the city till 9pm on Tuesday. Of these, 60 were sarvajanik idols, while 38,510 were Bappas from households.

The civic body has been promoting immersion at artificial ponds for the past few years, and as many as 9,649 Ganpati idols were taken for visarjan to these ponds on Tuesday. While there were 16 sarvajanik mandals who immersed their idols at artificial ponds, 9,633 household idols were taken for visarjan to the ponds.

The BMC has created 32 artificial ponds across the city for Ganpati immersion. “We have been getting better response at artificial ponds as a lot of people do not want to travel to far off places for immersion, especially when they have artificial ponds nearby,” said a senior civic official.

Anandini Thakoor, trustee of H-west federation, said at an artificial pond at Santacruz (West), where the residents were helping BMC manage the immersions, they had received 294 idols till 9pm. “There seems to be an increase in awareness among people who now opt to come to artificial ponds instead of going all the way to Juhu. Some of them even mentioned that they now wish to switch to eco-friendly idols,” said Thakoor.

However, devotees in several parts of the city were inconvenienced owing to the heavy rain on Tuesday. “There was waterlogging at Kurla and terrible traffic across the city because of rain. But, otherwise, the BMC has done a great job with all the arrangements at various immersion sites,” said Naresh Dahibhavkar, president of Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS), the umbrella body of mandals in the city.