The Ganesh Mandals across the city have been behind the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to increase the number of immersion spots but the corporation has turned a blind eye to this issue so far.
This time, the Brihnmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS) has asked the MCGM to include Bandra Reclamation also as an immersion spot alongwith the other spots on the western coastline.
Every year more than 50,000 Ganesh idols are immersed in 78 spots, the most common and crowded spots are the Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu Chowpatty, Versova Beach, and Dadar Shivaji Park among others. If Bandra Reclamation also becomes an immersion spot, it will be beneficial to a lot of people.
At a meeting organised last week with MCGM chief Ajoy Mehta and Mayor Snehal Ambekar, convenor of BSGSS Naresh Dahibhavkar, said, “We have been demanding Bandra Reclamation to become the immersion spot from the past five years, yet the MCGM is turning a blind eye to the issue. If reclamation is declared as the immersion point then all the idols from western suburbs can be immersed there.” “Mahim creek is unclean and stinks most of the time, it becomes difficult to pass by the creek. Even after several complaints being made there has been no improvement and the creek remains to be in the same unhygienic condition,” added Dahibhavkar.
In the heart of the city, Mithi river flows directly onto the creek and it has been observed that the cases of jelly fish affecting people is found more commonly in the Mahim Creek.