Stage set for eco-friendly immersion of Lord Ganesh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Sep 2017 09:51:32


Staff Reporter,

The devotees of Lord Ganesh desisted from immersing the idols in waterbodies and readily obliged to use artificial tanks provided by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) at different locations in the city for immersion.
Shrimant Raje Bhosale family set a new precedent by immersing traditional idol of Lord Ganesh in the artificial tank at Gandhi Sagar lake. This will encourage others to follow the footsteps of Raje Bhosale family. NMC has erected temporary wall of tin sheets to protect Sonegaon, Gandhi Sagar and Sakkardara lake to protect these water bodies from immersion of deity.

Every year, the water bodies undergo a lot of pollution due to immersion of a large number of PoP made idols and chemicals used while painting these idols. Despite requests from civic body, there is lukewarm response to use of artificial tanks. But, this time, picture is quite different and thousands of Nagpurians have responded positively to call given by the NMC to use artificial tanks.

MLC Anil Sole, has personally ensured that not a single idol is immersed in Sonegaon lake this time. He is camping near lake everyday to persuade people to use artificial tank and not to pollute the waterbody. Municipal Commissioner Ashwin Mudgal also set a good example by using mobile tank provided by Dharampeth zone to immerse idol of Lord Ganesh. Mayor Nanda Jichkar, Municipal Commissioner Ashwin Mudgal inspected the preparation of immersion and artificial tanks at lakes along with battery of officers. South Nagpur MLA Sudhakar Kohle, Deputy Mayor Deepraj Pardikar, Standing Committee Chief Sandeep Jadhav were present during inspection.

They visited Sakkardara lake in South Nagpur. Mayor directed staff to protect Sakkardara lake from immersion of idols. She also instructed to promote people for immersion in artificial tanks. 20 artificial tanks have been provided near Sakkardara lake. Nehru Nagar zone has a total 60 artificial tanks for the immersion of idols. Rajesh Karade, Assistant Commissioner said, the zonal team is ready for the immersion of idols. Mudgal has directed for the display of billboards and better illumination of lights for the devotees.

They also visited Gandhi Sagar lake and Futala lake. The team of Dharampeth zone was working hard to clean the premises for the immersion of idols. The zone will not allow small idols of deity to be immersed in the Futala lake. The team will initiate action if somebody tries to forcibly immerse small idols in the water bodies, said Commissioner Mudgal.

Corporators Divya Dhurde, Manoj Chafle, Pramod Karoti, Pramod Chikhle, Harshada Sable, Sunil Hiranwar, Manoj Sable,Chief Fire Officer Rajendra Uchake, Health Officer Dr. Pradeep Dasarwar, Executive Engineer Aniruddha Chouganjkar, Assistant Commissioners Raju Bhivgade, Mahesh Morone, and others were present.