FOLLOWING the Swachh Bharat theme and ensuring that tourists who visit the popular Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandal during the festival are not inconvenienced, a ‘Nirmal Ganeshotsav’ has been planned by both mandal authorities and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
As many as 250 mobile toilets will be set up in the city areas and Ganesh mandals will be urged to cooperate in this endeavour, said Suresh Jagtap, Joint Municipal Commissioner (PMC). “We want to ensure that there is potable water and enough urinals and mobile toilets so that visitors are not inconvenienced and also the city is kept clean,” said Jagtap.
Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati creates replicas of many popular monuments and temples of India. This year, a replica of the Shiva temple at Mahabalipuram, Chennai, has been prepared, Mahesh Survyavanshi, treasurer of the Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati trust, said.
This year too, authorities at the mandal have undertaken social initiatives like free ambulances, housing for labourers, free meals of over 1,000 patients daily at Sassoon General hospital and education to students from economically weaker sections.
“We have undertaken various reforms and trends to make the festival meaningful. If visitors wish to use toilets, there should be adequate toilets for hygienic reasons. We have proposed setting up these mobile toilets with the PMC’s help,” said Suryavanshi. Ashok Yenpure, a corporator who has been coordinating this initiative, said that efforts have been on to ensure that the city dons a clean look.
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is in talks with Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandal to promote Ganesh festival as a major tourist attraction in Pune. Vaishali Chavan, regional manager of MTDC in Pune division, said that they hoped the mandal authorities will promote the festival, especially since 2017 will mark the 125th year celebrations.