This artificial pond for immersion of idols is being made ready at a school ground in Dharavi

MUMBAI: The BMC has created 167 artificial ponds across the city for Ganeshotsav, encouraging people to immerse idols at these facilities and adopting other measures to avoid overcrowding amid pandemic season. Last year there were just 32 artificial ponds, barely a fifth of that number.
Residents of a Mhada colony in Kurla (east) were pleased to see civic authorities starting to build an artificial tank over the weekend. Sameer Mehta, a local, said, “Ours is a predominantly Maharashtrian area and we never had the option of visarjan nearby. We travel to Chembur or Juhu beach for this ritual. This is a welcome step…”
Last year 1.96 lakh idols were immersed at natural spots and 33,925 in 31 artificial ponds. BMC expects the trend to reverse this year.
For Girgaum Chowpatty, BMC will accept requests for immersion time slots.



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