IN PHOTOS: Mumbai Police, BMC gears up for immersion of Lord Ganesha idols on Anant Chaturdashi

Mumbai Police are deploying more than 19,000 personnel, including officers, to thwart any untoward incident when processions will be taken out to immerse idols of Lord Ganesh on Anant Chaturdashi, the last day of the festival, which falls on September 28. Pics/ Ashish Raje

Updated On: 2023-09-27 06:28 PM IST

Compiled by : Asif Ali Sayed

The BMC and Mumbai Police began preparations for the upcoming immersion of Lord Ganesha idols on Anant Chaturdashi. Pics/Ashish Raje

According to the BMC, under the guidance of Municipal Commissioner and Administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal, along with the leadership of Additional Municipal Commissioner (Eastern Suburbs) Ashwini Bhide, the BMC has mobilized approximately 10,000 employees and established a robust infrastructure, including 71 control rooms, to ensure the smooth conduct of the immersion process

Police personnel to be on security duty include 16,250 constables, 2,866 officers, 45 Assistant Commissioners of Police, 25 Deputy Commissioners of Police, 8 Additional Commissioners of Police and other senior officers, the official said

In addition, 35 platoons of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), a company of Rapid Action Force, Quick Response Teams (QRTs) and Home Guards will remain present at important locations in the city, an official said

Considering that a large number of Mumbaikars throng streets to bid adieu to Ganpati bappa on Anant Chaturdashi, Mumbai Police is ready with the deployment of personnel to avoid any kind of untoward incidents, the official added

Traffic Police personnel will ensure that traffic snarls are avoided when processions will be taken out, the official said

Thousands of household and public Ganesh idols will be immersed at 73 places, including at Girgaon Dadar, Juhu, Marve and Aksa beaches, on Anant Chaturdashi

Separate control rooms will be set up to monitor the immersion processions, the official added

This year, a total of 198 artificial immersion sites, complemented by 69 natural immersion points, have been set up across the city

The BMC's comprehensive preparations span over the past two months, with 468 steel plates strategically placed along the banks of Chowpatty and 46 German rafts deployed at various locations to facilitate the immersion of smaller Ganesha idols, thus preventing vehicles from getting stuck in the sand on the Chowpatty shore

For security and safety, 48 motorboats with 764 lifeguards have been stationed at Chowpatty, ensuring the well-being of devotees during the process. Furthermore, 282 vehicles, including 150 Nirmalya urns, have been arranged to collect offerings from devotees before immersion

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