The Mumbai Traffic police on Friday announced a new set of advisories that will be applicable during the Ganapati immersion days from September 4 to 9. As per the notification, all heavy vehicles will be prohibited in Mumbai during these days, except for essential service provider vehicles.
As per the new advisory, for the immersion days that will be on September 4 (fifth-day immersion), 5 (Gauri Ganapati immersion), and 6 (seventh-day immersion), heavy vehicles will be prohibited from 11 am to 1 am on the next day. For September 9, the Anant Chaturdashi Ganpati immersion day, the vehicles will be restricted from 10 am to 6 am on the next day.
However, during these ‘restricted’ hours, the essential service provider vehicles can continue to commute. These vehicles include vegetable trucks, milk/bread and bakery products carrying vehicles, tankers of drinking water (except other water supplying tankers), petrol/diesel and Kerosene tankers, ambulances, Government and semi-government vehicles, and school buses.
“In view of Ganeshotsav Festival – 2022 being celebrated in the Mumbai city, Ganesh idol immersion processions will be carried out all over the city. In order to maintain smooth functioning of traffic as well as immersion processions, it is necessary to restrict the entry of heavy vehicles in the jurisdiction of Greater Mumbai on those days,” stated the notification by deputy commissioner of police Raj Tilak Roushan, Traffic.
As part of the preparation for the festival, the traffic police have also set up five control rooms at prominent immersion spots like Girgaon Chowpatty beach, Shivaji Park Chowpatty, Juhu Chowpatty, Malad Malwani T Junction, and Ganesh Ghat in Powai.