With Lord Ganesha visarjan (immersion) ritual beginning Tuesday,police and civic administration are making every effort to ensure that the ritual passes peacefully.
The police installed 20 more CCTV cameras at critical spots in addition to the 29 cameras placed in sensitive areas of the city.
Three companies of State Reserve Police (SRP) and two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF),in addition to four SRP companies,have also been deployed. We have also brought in two additional riot vehicles in addition to one that we already have in the city, police commissioner Satish Sharma said.
He said the clashes that broke out at the beginning of the Lord Ganesh festival a few days ago were not alarming. A week ago,a clash had erupted after some miscreants pelted stones on Lord Ganesh procession in citys Panigate area.
Last Friday,another clash broke out at Chhipawadi area near Champaner Darwaza.
In both incidents,there was no prior planning or large-scale participation. They took place due to sudden provocation, Sharma said.
On its part,the fire brigade will station fire tenders at critical areas and lakes where the immersion will take place. We have identified nineteen lakes in the city for Lord Ganesh immersion. They are being cleaned up and necessary arrangements,including deployment of rescue teams on the lake,are being made, chief fire officer Hitesh Taparia said.
Fire tenders will be deployed in Panigate,Dandia Bazar and other areas in old city. Since roads in these areas are congested,it makes it difficult for fire tenders to reach its destination immediately. Thats why we have decided to station fire tenders in advance, Tapadia said.
Sursagar lake,situated at citys centre where many Lord Ganesh idols are immersed,has been divided into 20 sections to facilitate immersion of idols. There will be cranes to lower idols. Two rescue boats will also be available at Sursagar.
Lord Ganesh immersion ritual are held on three days during the 10-day festival. Several idols are expected to be immersed on Tuesday,but a majority will be immersed on Saturday. More than 2,000 Lord Ganesh pandals have registered themselves with the city police this year.
Man killed in cylinder blast
Ahmedabad: A man was killed and six others injured when in an LPG cylinder blast at a Ganesh pandal in Isanpur late Monday evening. According to fire officials,the cylinder caught fire and exploded around 8:35 pm. The injured were taken to LG hospital,they said.