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Mumbai: BMC ups vigil with 9,000 staff, 58 control rooms for Ganesh visarjan


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Mumbai: The 12-day Ganesh festival will culminate on Tuesday as millions of devotees will spill out on the streets of Mumbai to give a grand farewell to their favourite lord.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is geared up for visarjan day (immersion day) when big Ganesh idols and also a few household Ganpatis will be immersed at various spots of the city like Girgaum, Chowpathy, Juhu Chowpathy, Versova beach among the 119 beach sports for visarjan. The civic body has deployed over 9,000 BMC employees to control the situation and ensure the entire process goes smoothly. At more than 100 spots (69 natural and 32 artificial immersion locations) the Ganesh idols and household Ganpatis would be immersed. Mumbai has over 2 lakh household and 11,500 mandal Ganpatis.

Since millions are expected on immersion day CCTV cameras, watch towers, and 58 control rooms all over Mumbai would keep a close watch on any suspicious activity in the city. In Mahim, ward (G north) alone has 10 immersion spots, namely —Mahim reti Bunder, Kirti College, Suryawanshi Hall, Ranade Road, Keluskar Road (South- North), MB Road, Hinduja Hospital natural immersion locations and other artificial ponds.

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BMC has allocated Rs 80 lakh to this ward alone, as it has good number of immersion spots compared to other wards. This entire money will be used for managing the arrangements on visarjan day.

Ramakant Biradkar, Assistant Municipal Corporation of Mahim (G North) ward said, “Every ward is given a specific budget provision to carry out preparation work as in my ward there are ten immersion points and famous mandal ganpatis are immersed tight vigilance is kept. Around 25,000 Ganesh idols are expected to be immersed in this ward alone for which 250 workers, 50 officers will be on ground and 50 staff through ten control rooms would keep a close watch. Also 30 CCTV cameras, 12 dumpers, 20 Nirmalaya kalash, 3 mobile toilets, 10 ambulances, 14 water boats, 150 lifeguards have been deployed.”

Also, the BMC has given an advisory that citizens should not venture out without clothes for immersion and should wear gumboots to avoid stingray attacks. Stingrays and jelly fish get washed out with the waves during high tides and get buried in sand. The jelly fish sticks to the body of a person when he comes in contact with it and this causes rashes and burning sensation. Therefore, BMC has put up boards at all immersion points on beaches to create awareness and have also mentioned tips to follow. The civic body has also appealed people to hand over the idols to the trained people deputed by the authorities for immersion.

City prepared

Control Rooms: 58

Lifeguards: 607

Motorboats: 81

First aid centres: 118

Ambulances: 60

Flood lights: 1991

Search light: 1,301

Floating ladder(German Tarafa): 50

Workers: 5,173

BMC officers: 2372

Dustbins: 201

Vehicles: 192

High tide of 4.11 metre at 11. 36 am expected.