Eco-friendly immersions a hit: BMC
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Households in Mumbai have taken to eco-friendly Ganpati immersions in a big way this year, show Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data.
As per the data, along with a rise in the number of immersions in the 17 artificial eco-friendly ponds created by BMC, there has also been a general increase in the number of visarjans carried out after a day-and-a-half into the festival.
Of the 7,518 visarjans, 7,470 were carried out by households in the city in artificial eco-friendly ponds. The remaining 48 were public immersions.
In 2011, 6,573 households immersed idols in eco-friendly ponds built by the corporation along with 148 public visarjans.
At 1079, maximum number of household immersions were held outside the Mayor's bungalow in Shivaji Park, Dadar. A large number devotees also immersed Ganesh idols in ponds on Hanuman Marg in Vile Parle (east), Thakur Village in Kandivali (East) and Dahisar Fort Foundation in R-north ward.
Mayor Sunil Prabhu said the sand acquired from the dissolving of idols in the artificially created lakes would be used for making bricks.
Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte said, "The number of eco-friendly immersions in BMC's artificial lakes has increased thanks to better amenities provided for the occasion by the corporation."
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