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Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi: ‘Ponds on wheels’, Visarjan app to avoid crowding

Vishnu Vasisht

Every year on the occasion of Ganeshotsava, Bappa sits in Mumbai with great pomp. Ganeshotsav of Mumbai has a unique identity all over the world. However, this year Ganeshotsav has been affected by Coronavirus. This year, devotees will not be able to bid farewell to Ganesh at Chowpatty. But, in this period, the echo of Ganapati Bappa Morya will be heard. Preparations for Ganpati Chaturthi have started all over Maharashtra.

This festival starting on Ganesh Chaturthi on 22 August will be special this time. For the first time Ganapati immersion is going to be high-tech. Bappa's immersion in the sea is prohibited due to Coronavirus. Therefore, the use of technology will immerse Bappa in a pond on the go. It is named 'Ponds On Wheels'.

The BMC in Mumbai has prepared some such moving ponds for this year's Ganapati immersion. The rear of the truck has been converted into a pond. People will be able to immerse Bappa in Artificial Ponds of Moving Ponds. This will not gather people near the sea. In this 11-day festival, preparations have been made to reduce congestion due to Covid-19. In the housing society, this truck will turn around and help people farewell to Bappa. Three such trucks are ready for Dadar, Mahim and some surrounding areas of Mumbai.

The BMC has built 167 artificial tanks in several empty plots in addition to moving ponds, so that people do not crowd the beaches for immersion. For those who want to immerse, BMC has launched the app, from where people can book their half-hour slot for immersion. After booking, where and how devotees can immerse, information will be given by BMC. For the first time due to Covid, the immersion of Bappa in Mumbai will be in moving 'Ponds On Wheels' and booking through the app.

According to BMC's D-Ward Assistant Municipal Commissioner Prashant Gaikwad, devotees will be given a 30-minute slot at different times at Girgaum Chowpatty. According to this slot, they will be able to immerse in artificial ponds. Last year, more than 14000 immersions were performed at Chowpatty.

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