Mum­bai idols de­nied en­try for immersions

Po­lice say de­ci­sion will help re­duce traf­fic in the city and speed up immersion that goes on till the wee hours of the morn­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

With the po­lice on high alert to en­sure smooth immersions, it has de­cided that there will be no en­try for man­dals from Mum­bai to im­merse their idols within city lim­its.

Over the years, idols from Mankhurd and Chem­bur have been brought to Vashi creek for immersion. The de­ci­sion has been taken in view of the con­di­tion of the old Vashi creek bridge which is used by man­dals, and to pre­vent traf­fic snarls.

“With the old Vashi creek bridge be­ing closed, the man­dals from Mum­bai would have used the new creek bridge to come over to Navi Mum­bai. This could lead to ma­jor traf­fic snarls on the bridge and its sur­round­ing ar­eas,” said deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone I) Prashant Khaire,

“We have or­dered that the man­dals from out­side the city lim­its will not be al­lowed to im­merse their idols here. This has been done to en­sure there are no traf­fic log­jams. We al­ready have a large num­ber of immersions in our city and do not want to add to it any fur­ther as it will then af­fect the man­dals here and also the res­i­dents,” he added.

The de­ci­sion has been con­veyed to Chem­bur DCP Shahji Umap, who was pre­vi­ously DCP zone I in the city.

He has given a positive re­sponse to the de­ci­sion. In­ter­est­ingly, Umap had him­self ear­lier wanted the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the de­ci­sion dur­ing his ten­ure in the city.

Since he was aware of the con­di­tions in the city, he im­me­di­ately ac­cepted the de­ci­sion and as­sured that the man­dals will not be al­lowed to head to­wards Navi Mum­bai.

Po­lice say the de­ci­sion will help re­duce traf­fic in the city and speed up the immersion du­ra­tion that of­ten goes on till the wee hours. A shop­keeper sells Gauri idols at a shop in Vashi on Thurs­day. Devo­tees per­form puja at a pan­dal at Kopar Khairane on Thurs­day.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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