Wear gumboots during idol immersion: Mumbai corporation

Mumbai, Sep 11 : The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Wednesday advised devotees to wear gumboots while entering the Arabian Sea during Ganesh idol immersions.

This measure has been suggested following the unprecedented incident of scores of devotees being bitten by stingray and jellyfish at Girgaum Chowpatty Beach during the first phase of Ganesh idol immersions Tuesday.

Around five dozen devotees who had stepped into the sea waters suffered sharp bites by these fish and rushed out crying, feeling giddy and complaining of nausea.

The civic authorities' investigation showed hordes of stingray and jellyfish which had come to the shores in the shallow waters had targeted the devotees.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Wednesday directed the civic authorities to initiate measures to counter the underwater menace.

Civic officials discussed the issue in the evening and came up with several measures to save the devotees from fish-bites in the next phase of Ganesh idol immersions.

The BMC advised that devotees should not step into the sea bare bodied, wear gumboots and use the special rafts and boats to carry the idols into the water.

It also advised the devotees not to allow children to enter the fish-infested waters.

The BMC plans to increase the number of rafts and boats for the immersions and set up medical centres at the various immersion spots to handle fish-bite emergencies.

The 10-day Ganeshotsav, Maharashtra's biggest public festival, started here Monday with an estimated 200,000 gigantic, big and small idols brought for worship in public pandals and homes.

Around 20 percent of these were immersed during the first phase Tuesday and more will be taken for immersion during the next phase on the fifth day, seventh day and the grand finale, the 10th day.

--IANS (Posted on 11-09-2013)

maharashtra-news headlines

Kadam's remarks on Muslims, Pakistan his personal view: Shiv Sena

27 cricketers selected for special training in Mumbai

Campaign dust settles for final phase of polls in Maharashtra

2 police officers booked on rape, ransom charges

Did not leave NCP for not getting ministership: Mete

Electioneering to end in Aurangabad

Mahayuti intact: Munde

Billionaires, actors, farmers to vote in Maharashtra

Probe missing voters' names in Maharashtra, says BJP

Congress has only one agenda - to stop me, says Modi

Campaigning in Mumbai: Nightmare for candidates (Election Special)

Remove 'mother-son' regime, urges Modi

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014


Your e-mail:

Your Full Name:

Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box


Back to Top