Nagpur: This Anant Chaturdashi, the culmination of 10-Day Ganesh Festival, witnessed 1,78,701 idols being immersed at various water bodies including artificial tanks and 147 tonnes of Nirmalya collected. The Dharampeth Zone saw the most number of idols – 39,500 – immersed and 48 tonnes of Nirmalya collected as compared to other nine zones.
With the aim of preventing pollution to different water bodies, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had made elaborated arrangements for eco-friendly immersion. A total of 155 artificial water tanks were created in all the 10 zones of the civic body. Similarly, for the first time in the city, two mobile ‘visarjan’ vehicles were created in Dharampeth and Gandhibagh zones.
The eco-friendly immersion of Lord Ganesh idols would not have been successful without the efforts of a number of voluntary organizations which extended great help to NMC. The volunteers of different voluntary organizations worked hard to collect tonnes of Nirmalya and put it in specially made Kalashas. NMC had deployed 10 Zonal Officers, 75 Health Inspectors and other hundreds of employees to oversee the gigantic task. Kanak Resources Management had deployed 108 employees and 34 vehicles too were pressed into service for varying works.
The NMC efforts to ensure eco-friendly immersion received overwhelming response from thousands of devotees.
The zone-wise details of number of idols immersed and Nirmaly collection is as follows:
The voluntary organizations that that extended their services for eco-friendly immersion include Green Vigil Foundation, Rotary Club, Rotary Club Ishanya, Rotary Club East, Yog Sampada and Nisarg Vigyan Sanstha and others.