To ensure safety of citizens during immersion of Ganesh idols, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has appointed lifeguards at 17 ghats along the Mutha river where the immersion of idols would be done.
In a press statement, the PMC administration has urged citizens to avail the facilities it has provided for immersion of Ganesh idols, instead of taking a risk at water bodies.
The PMC has also constructed water tanks at various places across the city so that people do not have to go to natural water bodies in the cities. People have been urged to keep children away from water bodies during immersion of idols and inform the appointed staff of any untoward incident or happening in the area.
Among the main locations, the PMC would be ready with all the required services at Sangam ghat, Apte ghat, Virdheshwar ghat, Omkareshwar ghat, Ashtabhuja Mandir, Pulachi wadi, Bapu ghat, Vithal Mandir, Garware college, Thosarpaga ghat, Dattawadi ghat, Rajarampool ghat, Aundhgaon ghat, Chima Udyan ghat, Bund Garden ghat and Warje-Karvenagar.
The PMC has also made arrangements at 63 locations for collecting the biodegradable waste generated on the day. The civic body would also be providing mobile toilets across the city.
For Ganesh mandals, the PMC has made an appeal to people to take necessary fire safety measures and make minimum use of halogen lamps, to ensure the electric wires are intact and that there would be no open wires.