Pune Ganeshotsav: PMC to arrange mobile artificial tanks for Ganesh idols immersion

Salil Urunkar
Thursday, 13 August 2020

 The civic administration has banned taking out processions as well as immersion in artificial tanks created in several parts of the city to immerse Ganesh idols on the 'visarjan' day.

Pune: Municipal Corporation (PMC) will arrange mobile artificial tanks for immersion of Ganesh idols during the 10 day festival of Ganeshotsav in the city. The civic administration has banned taking out processions as well as immersion in artificial tanks created in several parts of the city to immerse Ganesh idols on the 'visarjan' day.

Mayor Murlidhar Mohol has informed that one artificial tank will be created for each ward office of the PMC and it will be mobile in nature. That will be useful and convenient for citizens staying in containment zones and those who do not have enough space to do the immersion at their own house in a bucket. However, other citizens should do the immersion of Ganesh idols at their home itself, he clarified.

In view of the ban on immersion tanks at public places for Ganesh idols visarjan on the 1.5, 57 and 10th day of the domestic Ganeshotsav, the PMC will be distributing ammonium bicarbonate free of cost to citizens. Ammonium bicarbonate helps dissolve the Ganesh idols in a bucket of water within 48 hours of the immersion, thus providing an alternative for citizens to conduct idol immersion at home.

"Ammonium Bicarbonate will be made available at the Ganesh idol stalls, Health offices at each ward and ward offices of the PMC," said Mohol.

The Mayor also encouraged citizens to install metal idols this year during Ganeshotsav which can then be kept in the household fane after visarjan. For those who wish to donate the Ganesh idols on visarjan day, separate arrangements will be made by the PMC and social organisations, he added.

"Every year about 6 lakh Ganesh idols are immersed in artificial tanks and canals and the Mutha river. Considering two to four persons stepping out for the immersion process, it can be estimated that 15 to 20 lakh citizens will be out on roads during the 10 day festival. Hence we are appealing citizens to stay safe at home and not to step out for non-essential purpose in order to curb the spread of coronavirus," Mohol appealed

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