In a first, Lalbaugcha Raja gets electric raft HOW TO GET THERE
The most popular mandal in the city, Lalbaugcha Raja, has worked out an immersion plan for Friday.
For the first time in the history of the festival, mandal members have acquired a specially designed, electrically operated raft, which is in the form of a small ship that has a separate portion at the side for the Ganesh idol to be seated during immersion. This portion will tilt at an angle of 45 degrees to immerse the idol 3km into the Arabian Sea from Girgaum chowpatty at 8am on Friday. “We have spent two years acquiring and implementing this technology to immerse Bappa,” said Balasaheb Kamble, president, Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. “Earlier this year, our mandal members visited Bharuch, a city at the mouth of the river Narmada in Gujarat, where we got in touch with a private shipping company that helped us acquire the raft. After observing several trial runs in the Narmada , the raft was finally selected for this year’s immersion.” “The main idea was to carry out the whole procession smoothly and with this automated immersion technology, the chances of any mishaps at sea are negligible,” said Kamble.
Priced at Rs28 lakh, the 19x19foot reddish-brown raft is five-foothigh and weighs 12 tonnes. The separate 8X8-feet portion is where the 1.5 tonne idol will be placed . A 10-kg generator, which powers the raft, will tilt this separated portion at a 45-degree angle.