Vashi man­dal bags top hon­our

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Sar­va­janik Ganeshot­sav Man­dal, in Sec­tor 17, Vashi, has been ad­judged the best ganeshot­sav man­dal of 2016 in the NMMC con­ducted Navi Mum­bai Ma­ha­paur Sar­va­janik Shri Ganesh­dar­shan com­pe­ti­tion.

Those present at the oc­ca­sion in­cluded mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane, MLA Manda Mha­tre, deputy mayor Av­inash Lad, house leader Jay­want Su­tar, ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ankush Chavan, sev­eral NMMC of­fice bear­ers, of­fi­cials and em­i­nent res­i­dents.

Nakhva Si­taram Bha­gat San­skrit Ut­sav Man­dal of sec­tor 14, San­pada re­ceived the sec­ond prize while Ma­ha­rash­tra Mi­tra Man­dal of sec­tor 14 Ma­hatma Gandhi Com­plex won the third prize.

The fourth prize was won by Shri Dattaguru Sar­va­janik Ganeshot­sav Man­dal, Dattaguru Na­gar of sec­tor 15, Vashi. Sar­va­janik Ganeshot­sav Man­dal of Agroli vil­lage in Belapur, that has been car­ry­ing on the tra­di­tion of one vil­lage one Gan­pati, re­ceived the 4th prize.

The con­so­la­tion prize was won by San­pada’s Raja Sar­va­janik Ganeshot­sav Man­dal, sec­tor 10 and Sea­wood Dar­ave Mitr Man­dal of sec­tor 23, Sea­wood.

While the Vigh­na­harta awards are for dec­o­ra­tions and the idols, the Sukhkarta award is for dis­ci­pline and com­pli­ance of norms. Prizes were also given for best dec­o­ra­tion, so­cial aware­ness, best idol, hy­giene and dis­ci­pline.

Me­men­toes and cer­tifi­cates were given to all 77 par­tic­i­pat­ing man­dals. Mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane, “Navi Mum­bai has de­vel­oped a dis­tinct iden­tity of its own over the years. Even the Ganeshot­sav fes­tiv­i­ties in the city are dif­fer­ent. It is to ap­pre­ci­ate th­ese cel­e­bra­tions and en­cour­age the man­dals that the civic awards have been ini­ti­ated.”

He added, “On the lines of the con­cept of ‘one vil­lage one Gan­pati’, I hope that in our city we will soon have ‘one node – one gan­pati’ or at least ‘one ward one gan­pati’. It will fur­ther strengthen our unity.”

In his ad­dress, Sports com­mit­tee chair­man Lee­lad­har Naik said, “The ob­jec­tive of this com­pe­ti­tion be­ing or­gan­ised since 1996 is to en­cour­age the man­dals. Apart from the awards, we have also given me­men­tos and cer­tifi­cates to ev­ery par­tic­i­pat­ing man­dal.”

He said, “The en­try forms for the com­pe­ti­tion this year are avail­able in all ward of­fices. The man­dals can sub­mit them at the ward of­fices.”

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