73 tonnes nir­malya gen­er­ated through drive

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com NMMC work­ers col­lect flo­ral waste from a pond.

Gan­pati Bappa Mo­rya, Pud­hchya Varshi Laukar Ya cries rent the air as devo­tees in the city bid an emo­tional farewell to their favourite ele­phant God on Thurs­day.

Im­mer­sions took place at 23 im­mer­sion spots in the city where ar­range­ments had been made by NMMC and the po­lice had pro­vide strict ban­dobast. No un­to­ward in­ci­dent was re­ported as 7,827 Ganesh idols were im­mersed in the ponds un­til 5am on Fri­day.

Of the idols im­mersed, 496 were of Sar­va­janik man­dals and 7,331 were of house­holds.

Special ar­range­ments had been made by NMMC to im­merse the large idols of the sar­va­janik man­dals.

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ankush Cha­van said, “Since there were a large num­ber of large idols on the fi­nal im­mer­sion day, we had pro­vided large floats and also fork­lifts fa­cil­ity for trans­port­ing the idols from the trucks to the floats for im­mer­sion.”

He added, “As is done ev­ery year, we had made special ar­range­ments at Vashi Shivaji Chowk to wel­come the vis­ar­jan ral­lies with flow­ers be­ing show­ered on them from a spe­cially erected plat­form.”

Po­lice com­mis­sioner He­mant Na­grale, who vis­ited the ponds along with his DCPs and traf­fic of­fi­cials, too, en­sured that law and or­der was main­tained and there were no traf­fic snarls.

Na­grale said, “We had our of­fi­cers and per­son­nel posted at all the im­mer­sion spots and also along the var­i­ous routes. A strict vigil was main­tained to en­sure that ev­ery­thing went off smoothly.”

MUNDHE NOT PRESENT AT IM­MER­SION SITE

Vol­un­teers, who had a face-off with the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner a few days ago, ex­pected him to be present at the im­mer­sion site on the last day.

But, civic chief Tukaram Mundhe did not ar­rive at the ponds. He had slammed NMMC work­ers for tak­ing money for im­mers­ing idols.

When asked about the rea­son for his ab­sence, Mundhe said, An idol be­ing taken for im­mer­sion at a Vashi pond on the last day of Ganeshot­sav. Singer Shankar Ma­hade­van sings with other artistes at his Vashi house be­fore vis­ar­jan on Thurs­day.

“There is no rea­son at all. I was con­trol­ling from the head­quar­ters with con­tin­u­ous mon­i­tor­ing.”

The in­struc­tions by the civic body be­fore the fi­nal im­mer­sion day had led to the Vashi gaon vol­un­teers who im­merse the

idols at the Vashi pond to con­tact vol­un­teers at other ponds for a joint ac­tion.

They had planned to leave the vis­ar­jan work when the com­mis­sioner ar­rived at the pond.

The vol­un­teers mean­while went about their work tak­ing

money for im­mer­sions, though the de­mands seemed to be sub­dued this time.

There were no re­ports of any­one be­ing booked. The ban­ners put up by the NMMC not to give do­na­tions to vol­un­teers were also re­moved at sev­eral places.

The in­no­va­tive drive ini­ti­ated in the city with re­spect to seg­re­ga­tion of garbage as per the or­der of mayor Sudhakar Son­awane and mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe on the im­mer­sion days has yielded ex­cel­lent re­sults.

The or­der was to en­sure that the nir­malya, flow­ers, gar­lands, plants, fruits and so on that are brought along with Ganesh idols and can be pro­cessed and the dec­o­ra­tions, or­na­ments, plas­tic, ther­mo­col and other such dry ma­te­ri­als be kept in sep­a­rate bins.

The ini­tia­tive to sep­a­rate the dry and wet of­fer­ings at the time of im­mer­sion re­ceived tremen­dous re­sponse from the res­i­dents.

This year, the im­mer­sion days have yielded 65 tonnes of wet nir­malya and 8 tonnes of dry nir­malya.

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ankush Cha­van said, “A special sys­tem had been put in place to trans­port the nir­malya col­lected from the im­mer­sion ponds to land-filled site in Turbhe.”

He said, “The fruits and other eat­a­bles that were brought along with the idol were through the vol­un­teers kept sep­a­rately. They have been dis­trib­uted amongst the des­ti­tute and the needy.”

Mundhe had dur­ing his visit to Vashi pond on Septem­ber 10, and slammed his of­fi­cials for lack of proper seg­re­ga­tion of nir­malya dur­ing the im­mer­sions. He had di­rected them to keep proper bins.

The of­fi­cials had then hur­riedly ar­ranged for the bins and as­sured that the seg­re­ga­tion process will be strictly fol­lowed.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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