Artificial ponds gain popularity

Written By Unknown on Senin, 08 September 2014 | 22.23

Mumbai: More and more people are adapting environment-friendly measures for the festival, be it for idols or visarjan. Not only families but also sarvajanik mandals are immersing their big idols in artificial ponds.
Last year, 20,555 idols were immersed in artificial ponds created by the BMC. The practice, this year, received overwhelming response, with 19,928 idols already being immersed in the last three days of visarjan; the final visarjan is today.
"At least 3,000 idols will be immersed in the tanks on Monday. So the trend of more Mumbaikars adapting green measures is a good sign. People are becoming concerned about environment," said mayor Sunil Prabhu. One of the artificial tanks is at the mayor's bungalow at Shivaji Park.
The BMC has set up 26 tanks in places such as Pratiksha Nagar, Matunga, Vile Parle, Goregaon, Andheri, Kandivli, Borivli, Dahisar and Ghatkopar. "As the sea is not nearby and the Dahisar river looks like a drain, many use the pond at the Dahisar Sports Foundation," said Sena corporatror Seetal Mhatre.
Anand Nagar Utsav Samiti will immerse its nine-ft-tall idol in a pond. "It's easy, time-saving and most importantly, the practice is eco-friendly," said Gauri Khanvilkar, office bearer of the mandal. Last year, 422 mandals immersed their idols in artificial ponds.,Eco-friendly,Dahisar Sports Foundation,ARTIFICIAL POND

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