Few Ganesh idol immersions on Day 1
The first day of immersion of the Ganesh idol did not see much enthusiasm from Puneites and ghats across the city did not attract large crowds.
The PMC, however was ready with the preparation needed to maintain a clean and organised visarjan (immersion) along the river banks in the city.
"We have set up makeshift tanks and containers in Aundh, Kothrud, Sangamwadi, and more for the immersion of idols and the collection of flower offerings. We will make sure that cleanliness is maintained on all the ten days of the Ganesh festival. Over 130 officials will be on duty at the ghats to maintain discipline in these areas during the festive season this year," says Suresh Jagtap, joint commissioner of solid waste management department, PMC.
There are 11 tanks in Aundh and Kothrud, three in Dhole Patil Road, Sahkar Nagar and Tilak Road, two in Sangamwadi and one in Bhavani Peth. These tanks vary in size and capacity as per the space available. There are 20 nirmalya collection containers in Aundh, four in Kothrud, seven in Dole Patil, and 11 in Sangamwadi.
"People prefer to keep the idol of Ganpati in their homes for a longer time. There are only a few who keep the idol for a day. This is why there wasn't much of a rush for immersion today," Jagtap added.
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