City bids good­bye to 8,411 idols on first day of im­mer­sion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Cries of Gan­pati Bappa rent the air to the beats of dhol tashas as devo­tees bid an emo­tional farewell to the 1 and half day Gan­pati on Tues­day, the first day of im­mer­sion of the 10-day Ganeshot­sav fes­ti­val.

Huge crowds thronged to the vis­ar­jan spots in the city till late in the night for the im­mer­sions.

The busy city life pre­vents many from serv­ing Gan­pati all the 10 days and hence most house­holds keep the idol only for a day and a half.

A to­tal of 8,411 Ganesh idols were im­mersed at 23 vis­ar­jan spots in Navi Mum­bai on Tues­day. These in­cluded 8,377 house­hold Gan­patis and 34 sar­va­janik man­dal idols.

Gan­pati Bappa Morya, Pud­hchya Varshi Laokar Ya could be heard all over as devo­tees im­mersed the idols and a large num­ber of cit­i­zens wit­nessed im­mer­sions un­til late in the night.

An NMMC of­fi­cial said, “NMMC had made ar­range­ments at the ponds to en­sure smooth im­mer­sion ac­tiv­i­ties. It had placed nir­malya kalash at the ponds to col­lect the flow­ers. Strict po­lice ban­dobast was in place at the ponds to en­sure se­cu­rity of the devo­tees.” Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner He­mant Na­grale in­spects im­mer­sion sites in the city on Wed­nes­day.

He added, “As re­quested by NMMC, the devo­tees co­op­er­ated with the civic body and im­mersed the idols at 14 main ponds in the city in the spe­cial sec­tion cre­ated with sec­tions sep­a­rated with gabion walls. This en­sured im­mer­sion in a spe­cific area of the pond and pre­vents pol­lu­tion of the en­tire pond.”

The of­fi­cial said, “NMMC had pro­vided for divers and also fork­lift at all im­mer­sion spots. Bar­ri­cades were also erected along the ponds for safety and se­cu­rity pur­pose. Drink­ing

wa­ter and med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties were also pro­vided.”

The health depart­ment of NMMC, through posters and ban­ners cre­ated aware­ness on var­i­ous dis­eases such as dengue, malaria and so on.

The po­lice too were alert at the vis­ar­jan spots and the nearby ar­eas.

Closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­eras have been in­stalled at sev­eral places. The po­lice per­son­nel ap­pealed to the devo­tees, es­pe­cially women to take care of their jew­ellery and chil­dren.

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