On Sunday, Ganesh devotees broke the rules by crowding in all the immersion ceremonies as the government was mobilizing measures against the possibility of a third wave of corona infection. The drum-beating alarm, the benzo’s bell ringing, the gulala scattering, many went on strike for the immersion guidelines.
Against the backdrop of Karona, like last year, rules were given to the circles for immersion of Ganeshotsav. The state government was repeatedly advising that the festival should not be crowded and the contagion should not get fertilized. The municipal and police administrations had also issued precautionary notices to public bodies and housing societies. But on the day of Anant Chaturdashi, many Ganesha devotees broke the rules and became engrossed in the immersion ceremony.
Even in the immersion of Ganesha on the fifth and seventh day of Ganeshotsav, the devotees had broken the rules and displayed unruly attitude. Police then made special arrangements for the immersion. Circles were urged not to break the rules on the day of the immersion ceremony. However, by taking out a procession at that time, Ganesha devotees increased the stress on the administration.
Officials and activists of many big circles started immersing Ganesha by playing Benzo, Nashik Dhol, Kutchi Dhol and other instruments. As these scenes spread on social media, even small circles made vigorous preparations for the immersion. Dholtashe, marching in a banjo procession. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. What is special is that despite the ban on DJs, it was used in many places.
For immersion, 10 workers of the mandals were allowed to be present. But hundreds of workers had come to the immersion site for immersion. At this time, the devotees had forgotten the cover and the inter-rules. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Officers were going everywhere and closing the procession. This year, the office bearers of public Ganeshotsav Mandals from various parts marched towards Girgaon Chowpatty. As a result, the roads leading from Girgaum to Chowpatty were crowded.
The contribution of the police is huge
On Sunday, only one board from Mumbai was booked. The case was registered at Kalachauki police station for violating the rules during the Corona period. Elsewhere, police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. On the day of Anant Chaturdashi, 35,000 policemen, 100 officers of the Armed Police Force, 1,500 officers, 3 companies of the State Reserve Force, 1 company of the Central Reserve Force, 500 jawans of the Home Guard, 275 officers from outside Mumbai and 4,394 traffic police were deployed for the immersion. There were many NGOs to help. Roads were closed at 53 places in the city. One lane was open at 55 places and heavy vehicles were banned at 18 places. Parking was banned at 99 places. Control rooms were set up at Girgaon, Shivaji Park, Juhu, Malad Malvani-T Junction, Ganesh Ghat Powai. T.
Crowd of devotees in Lalbaug
The immersion of the King of Lalbaug, which lasts for more than 24 hours every year and is attended by millions of devotees, was completed in a few hours this year. This was made possible by the special efforts of the police. Special arrangements were made so that no one would take to the streets. The entire immersion route from Lalbagh to Girgaum was under police surveillance, yet devotees thronged the side of the road, on the terrace of the building and in the space available to pay homage to the king. The idol of Ganesha was immersed in just a few hours.
Immersion of how many idols?
Day immersion of idols
One and a half days 48,716
Anant Chaturdashi 34,452
Nirmalya collection, composting
After collection and immersion of the idols, Nirmalya was collected from all the sites by the Municipal Solid Waste Management. A total of 2 lakh 65 thousand 279 kilograms of Nirmalya was collected during the period from 10th to 19th September 2021, it was informed on behalf of NMC. The highest number of 60,900 kg Nirmalya was collected on the fifth day of Ganeshotsav. The compiled Nirmala is being processed in a scientific manner. The manure produced from Nirmala will be used in the municipal parks.