To avoid any inconvenience to the devotees of Lalbaugcha Raja,the construction of Lalbaug flyover will be halted for over 20 days next month. The 10-day Ganpati festival witnesses over 15 lakh devotees at Lalbaug per day. We had a meeting with MMRDA officials and they have agreed to halt the work on the flyover. The ongoing work will create chaos due to the huge turnout of devotees, said Satish Khankar,president of Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal.
The construction work will be halted completely between the Bharatmata junction and Kalachowkie junction, said an MMRDA official. For practical reasons,no work can be carried out on the rest of the flyover as it will create traffic problems for the devotees visiting Lalbaugcha Raja, he added. The work is expected to be halted from August 30 to September 23.
The Lalbuagcha Raja mandal had received over 2.5 crore devotees last year. This time we are expecting more devotees, said Khankar.
Usually,the large turnout of devotees creates huge traffic problems and it becomes very difficult to manage the queues stretching up to main roads, said Khankar. To manage the crowd effectively,the mandal this year has rented a 70,000 sq feet ground.
We have rented two grounds,one of BMC and of MHADA,to reduce the queues,said Khankar. The ground can accommodate about 25,000 devotees and will have 20 mobile toilets and washrooms, he added.