Elaborate measures in place to expedite removal of idol structures

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) have made elaborate arrangements to fast track the removal of structures of the idols after immersion in the Ganga to combat pollution.”We have arrangement of cranes, payloaders for immediate removal of the structures. There is a separate demarcated place at the ghats for the dumping of flowers, leaves etc. The process that started on Friday witnessed more than 1,500 idols being immersed at the major ghats in the city that includes Baje Kadamtala Ghat, Gwalior Ghat, Judges Ghat, Nimtala Ghat etc. There were a number of immersions on Saturday and the figure is expected to go up further on Sunday,” said Debasish Kumar, Member Mayor in Council (Parks & Gardens), KMC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to sources, as many as 650 Durga idols were immersed at Gwalior Ghat, 508 at Baje Kadamtala Ghat and 200 at Nimtala Ghat in North Kolkata. There are around 16 ghats in the city where the immersion takes place every year. It may be mentioned that a crane barge is deployed with minimum 30 labourers at Baje Kadamtala Ghat where the immersion of bigger idols happens. At Judges Ghat where immersion idols take place, launches with boats and ropes for containment of idols within a zone is done and thereafter they are pulled manually by labourers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThis is the first time that the KMC has put a special type of nets to ensure that no member of the Puja committees ventures beyond it during immersion. “Safety and security is our top priority and there is a reasonable deployment of cops in the ghats for this purpose,” Kumar added. Once the idols are removed from the ghats, they are taken away by recyclers deployed by the KMC. Meanwhile, on Saturday, thousands thronged several Puja mandaps in the city. Around 75 idols in the city will be immersed only after they take part in the grand Carnival at Red Road on Tuesday which is the last day marked for immersion. Majority of the immersions will take place on Sunday and some on Monday too. The Kolkata Police have made the required traffic diversions wherever necessary due to the immersion process on Friday and Saturday respectively.last_img

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