Pune: Wanawadi police have closed down the canal road heading towards B T Kawade road immersion ghat for any kind of citizen and vehicular movement till September 1. The road has been blocked with barricades from both ends - the Solapur road and B T Kawade road end - so that citizens won't do unnecessary crowding on the immersion ghat during the Ganeshotsav and thereby prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As a result, commuters and motorists coming from B T Kawade road and Hadapsar using this road to reach Camp have been inconvenienced due to this closure for vehicles. Also, with the ban on immersion of Ganesh idols on the canal, citizens of Pune Cantonment Board will have to find an alternative for visarjan of their Ganesh idols.
Every year there is a huge crowd at B T Kawade road immersion ghat during Ganeshotsav. Thousands of citizens from Ghorpadi, Bhimnagar, Wanawadi and Camp (Pune Cantonment) come for immersion of Ganesh idols at the canal. However this year, in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has appealed to citizens to stay at home and preferably do the immersion of Ganesh idols at home instead of canal, immersion ghats or river basins.
Commuters have been forced to use alternative routes due to the closure of the canal road. Hadapsar, B T Kawade road area residents use this road as the nearest road to reach the camp, but for the next ten days, they won't be able to use this road.
Krantikumar Patil, Senior Police Inspector of Wanawadi Police Station said, "Citizens should not immerse Ganesh idols at canals to prevent crowding and avoid the spread of COVID-19 infection. Even though the administration has appealed to immerse Ganesh idols at home, there is a possibility that citizens may come at the immersion ghat. Hence the road has been closed for all kinds of movement. It will be opened after the Ganeshotsav."