Mumbai, August 16: With Ganeshotsav starting from September 2, it is usually the time when idol makers put their finishing touches to the idols. However, this year due to floods in Maharashtra, the Ganpati idol makers are reeling under huge losses and their business has taken a massive hit due to floods. Mumbai Civic Authorities Ask Ganesh Puja Mandals to Refrain From Dancing on Weak Bridges During Immersion Processions.
According to an article on India Express, the rains have swept away the raw materials as well as a year's earnings. While, some smalls idols have been swept away, the bigger ones have dark spots and rotting bases. The idol makers in areas such as Pench, which is one of the hubs for Ganpati idols are trying to find out which murtis can be salvaged.
On the other hand, Mumbai civic authorities have asked the Ganesh Puja pandals to avoid singing and dancing on weak bridges during the immersion procession. Devotees have been advised to instead cross the bridge swiftly and slowly. The organisers of the Puja mandals met Devendra Fadnavis to discuss on many issues before the ten-day festival begins.