Heavy rain no de­ter­rent for devo­tees

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Pad­mja Sinha

KALYAN: De­spite heavy rains, devo­tees lined up out­side var­i­ous im­mer­sion points in city to bid farewell to their beloved lord Gane­sha. Idols of var­i­ous shapes and sizes were lined up for im­mer­sion.

Around 9,450 house­hold and 173 pub­lic Gan­pati idols were im­mersed on the 11th day of the fes­ti­val across var­i­ous sites in the city. Vol­un­teers from dif­fer­ent NGOs from across the city were present at the site to help devo­tees have a has­sle-free im­mer­sion.

Both house­hold and pub­lic idols were im­mersed across 52 ponds in the city.

Seven ar­ti­fi­cial ponds were erected at Dombivli and three in Kalyan, which re­ceived over­whelm­ing re­sponse from the devo­tees.

CCTV cameras were in­stalled at Dur­gadi Ganesh Ghat, Durga­mata Chowk. Dur­gadi Ganesh Mandir, Sah­janand Chowk, Chi­rag ho­tel and at Reti­bun­der Ganesh Ghat in Dombivli. A to­tal of 45 gen­er­a­tors were made avail­able across im­mer­sion sites in the city in­clud­ing fire brigade ve­hi­cles.

Po­lice of­fi­cers were de­ployed at the sites in­clud­ing vol­un­teers from NGOs and self-help groups.

The eco-friendly Gan­pati cel­e­bra­tion re­ceived a pos­i­tive re­sponse as many peo­ple were seen im­mers­ing idol in ar­ti­fi­cial ponds erected for the pur­pose. The vol­un­teers from Paryavaran Dak­shta Manch (PDM) who were present at the Ganesh Ghat in Dur­gadi col­lected 22 tonnes of flo­ral waste by the end of ten days of fes­ti­val which would be later con­verted into bio ma­nure used by peo­ple and cor­po­ra­tion later on.

“We were present at the im­mer­sion site for the 10-day fes­ti­val and while ask­ing peo­ple to drop flo­ral waste in Nir­malya kalash we even ap­pealed to cel­e­brate eco-friendly gan­pati fes­ti­val ev­ery year,” said the vol­un­teers from Paryavaran Dak­shta Manch.

“The last im­mer­sion was peace­ful as the im­mer­sions con­tin­ued till morn­ing. peo­ple

were seen clean­ing the ghats after the im­mer­sion was done and many vol­un­teers present at the site picked up the waste

right then and dropped in dust­bin main­tain­ing clean­li­ness,” said Prasad Thakur, KDMC pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer.


A Ganesh idol of Am­bika Vish­wast Man­dal be­ing taken for im­mer­sion at an ar­ti­fi­cial lake at Ul­has­na­gar.

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