Pune: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has made elaborate preparations for the final immersion day of the 10-day Ganesh festival.
The civic body has erected watch towers and installed floodlights, besides deploying lifeguards and firemen at immersion ghats at Pavana, Mula and Indrayani river that flow through the city.
Around 100 to 120 health department employees have been deployed at the ghats. Ganesh mandals in the twin township have also prepared for Ganesh immersion on Tuesday. Some mandals have prepared special chariots and decorations for immersion day.
According to officials there are 16 important immersion ghats in the city. The main three ghats are the Subhashnagar Ghat in Pimpri, Moraya Gosavi Ghat in Chinchwadgaon and the ghat of Thergaon, located along the Pavana river. The civic body has installed closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at these ghats. The other ghats are at Mamurdi, Kiwale, Ravet, Punawale and Tathawade, located along the Pavana river. Watch towers and floodlights have been erected at all these immersion ghats.
The PCMC has erected one pandal each at Karachiwala Chowk in Pimpri and Chapekar Chowk in Chinchwadgaon where it will welcome the Ganesh mandals.
More than 90 firemen and lifeguards have been deployed at the 16 ghats for the safety of people. Boats will be deployed near Subhashnagar Ghat in Pimpri and Moraya Gosavi Ghat in Chinchwadgaon. One PCMC health worker was drowned in the Pavana river on the 5th day of the immersion. Taking this incident into consideration PCMC has made additional arrangements for the safety of the people.
A large number of idols are expected on the final day of the Ganesh festival. The PCMC has installed nirmalaya kalash for dumping of flowers and garlands offered to Lord Ganesh.
The PCMC has installed artificial immersion ponds at the ghats for immersing the Ganesh idols.