Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to make arrangements for the immersion of Ganesha idols at the Gateway of India jetty on September 4 and 9.
Icon immersion at the Gateway jetty was prohibited in 2019 by the Bombay Port Trust (BPT) after a mishap in 2018, wherein a boat having a place with the BPT was harmed during the drenching. Before that, immersion of household idols that have a maximum height of four feet was immersed at this spot since the BPT had put a limit on the size of the idols.
Municipal authorities expressed that there was a prerequisite of making a drenching spot toward the finish of south Mumbai since there is no close by submersion spots around there, the nearest one being at Girgaum Chowpatty.
The BMC authorities said that this year, there is no constraint on the level of the icons and Ganesh symbols having a most extreme level of 35 feet will be taken into consideration in drenching at the Gateway of India wharf.
“There was a prerequisite of having a legitimate immersion site in south Mumbai since the number of pandals has increased. The closest ocean side is at Girgaum Chowpatty. Still, Mumbaikars living in Colaba and Nariman Point find it hard to go there since the ocean side remaining parts swarmed on drenching days and there are likewise traffic growls,” said Shivadas Gurav, colleague civil chief of A-ward, under whose locale the Gateway of India falls.
“Till last year, the maximum height of Ganesh idols in our jurisdiction was around 12-15 feet. However, this time some idols are as tall as 35-40 feet. We will be making special arrangements in Gateway so that this idol can directly get immersed over here. Before that only household idols would come here for immersion that was very small in size,” Gaurav said.
Gaurav said that the BMC will set up automated cranes and makeshift ramps to ensure a smooth immersion process.