Mumbai: The ten-day long festival of Lord Ganesha ended with a peaceful ‘visarjan’ or immersions of the idols. Large number of devotees thronged in many designated and artificial spots including major sites – Girgaon Chowpatty, Juhu beach, Powai lake, Dadar, Madh jetty, Marve to immersed more than 50,000 idols amidst tight security.
As per Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) statement, a total of 50, 240 idols were immersed at the designated natural and artificial spots, including at major sites Girgaon Chowpatty, Juhu beach, Powai lake, Dadar, Madh jetty, Marve till 7 AM on Monday.
The statement said, 9,714 ‘sarvajanik’ idols, 40,302 ‘gharguti’ (those at homes) and 234 ‘gauri’ idols included, that were immersed at 71 natural sites and 26 artificial spots across the city and in the suburbs. A total 2,577 immersions took place in the artificial lakes, it said.
To control the large number of devotees, an elaborate security arrangement was put in place for the large-scaled immersion by Civic administration, Mumbai Police, fire brigade, State Reserve Police Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police. One incident was reported where a 15-year-old was saved from drowning at Girgaon Chowpatty.
“Except the Girgaon Chowpatty where a boy was saved from drowning, entire festivities went peaceful,” an officer at MCGM’s Disaster Management control room said. Cranes, watchtowers, drones, coast guard’s helicopters and floodlights were installed at most of the major immersion spots during the day and a strong team with over 35, 000 assistants sub-inspectors were also deployed to maintain law and order situation in many sites.