People bid adieu to Bappa with tearful eyes

Anant Chaturdashi processions taken out in city

Bhopal: Anant Chaturdashi was celebrated with great pomp in Madhya Pradesh. People bid farewell to Lord Shri Ganesha, the destroyer of troubles, with tearful eyes. The traditional walking ceremony took place in the capital Bhopal at 8.15 pm and continued till late night. For immersion, the Municipal Corporation set up many stalls in the city, at which thousands of people handed over the idols. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan also arrived with his family to immerse Ganesh. Ganesh immersion continued till late night. About 12 thousand idols were immersed at the ghats. Police, district administration and Municipal Corporation staff were present with cranes at all the ghats.

In Bhopal, ponds were prepared at 6 ghats Khatlapura, Prempura, Sant Hirdaram Nagar, Bairagarh, Hathaikheda Dam, Shahpura Ghat. More than 15 temporary immersion ponds were also prepared here. Devotees immersed the idols in these. Barricades were arranged around the ghats. Two separate ponds were also prepared at the ghats for worship material. Of these, one was for wet and the other for dry puja materials. Control room was prepared at Prempura Ghat. Additional DCP Shailendra Singh Chauhan said that teams of Municipal Corporation, Revenue, PWD Police and Electricity Department are jointly engaged. Big statues were immersed with a crane.

Additional force deployed at night

It is noteworthy that additional police force was deployed on Friday night for the immersion. Additional security arrangements were made for immersion at night. Chauhan said that since most of the Ganesh idols are immersed at night, the possibility of accidents is also high. Therefore, additional police force was deployed at night. Municipal Corporation employees were deployed at the ghats with life jackets, life tubes and ropes. Swimmers were also put on duty at the ghats.

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