Scores of jelly fish were found washed up at Dadar Chowpatty on Thursday afternoon, increasing risk for devotees who come to beaches for Ganpati idol immersion during the ongoing Ganesh festival. Ward officials said they visited the spot later in the day.
Every year, the festival sees hundreds of people flocking to the beaches for Ganpati visarjan or immersion of Ganpati idols in the Arabian sea. Today is the fifth day of the festival and civic officials are taking preventive measure to ensure people are not injured.
To keep the crowds away from sea and prevent them from getting injured, devotees at the beaches will not be allowed to go into the sea to immerse the idols. Instead, the idols will be immersed by BMC-appointed staff.
Warning boards have also been put up various immersion points to avoid incidents of jelly fish bites.
“To deal with incidents like jelly fish bite, we have put up warning boards at various places including Girgaum Chowpatty. We are fully prepared to welcome Ganesha,” Anand Wagralkar, deputy municipal commissioner who oversees the festival arrangements, had said earlier.
Apart from this, the civic body had earlier made arrangements for 300 steel plates, 54 control rooms, 376 lifeguards, 45 first-aid health centres, 55 motor boats, 70 temporary toilets and 60 watch towers, among others.
This year, for the first time, the entire immersion route of the Lalbaugcha Raja Ganpati, a route also used by numerous other Ganeshotsav mandals in south and central Mumbai, is under complete CCTV camera coverage. Besides this, other routes taken by several other major immersion processions were also sanitised by the police and watched closely.
With the help of nearly 1,000 volunteers from bodies like the NCC, the Road Safety Patrol, NGOs and HAM radio operators, the Mumbai traffic police has tried to ensure the smooth movement of processions to immersion points. Senior police officers have said the anti-terror cells at each police station had been briefed about their roles.