The artificial pond where hundreds of Ganpati idols were immersed last year in Mira Bhayandar
The artificial pond where hundreds of Ganpati idols were immersed last year in Mira Bhayandar

Despite last year’s encouraging response of 642 immersions, MBMC will not create artificial ponds this year

Bhayandar : In a shocking anti-eco-friendly move, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has shunned the idea of creating artificial ponds for immersing Lord Ganesha idols this year.

The MBMC had introduced artificial ponds in the twin-city two years back in 2012 for eco-friendly immersions. Apart from 254 Gauri-Ganesh idols, the ten-day festival witnessed 15,647 individual and 746 Sarvajanik Ganpati idols that were immersed at 22 spots across the twin-city last year. With this the total number of idols immersed in natural lakes and ponds  stood at 16,005 in 2013.

When contacted, newly appointed civic chief Subash Laakhe said, “After a review meet with administrative officers and subsequent assessment of last year’s figures related to immersions in artificial ponds, I have decided to drop the idea of creating artificial ponds.”

However, statistics revealed that compared to the cold shoulder response in 2012, the eco-friendly method of immersing idols had received an encouraging response last year, as 642 idols were immersed in an eco-friendly manner at the five artificial ponds created by the Public Works Department which spend around Rs. 22 lakh for the arrangements.
Civic officials claim that since a large section of devotees believe that idols should be immersed in flowing water, the artificial ponds have failed to receive the anticipated response.

Suresh Golani

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