Mobile Toilets during Ganeshotsava: Swachh Pune Abhiyaan – The ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ laid down by the PM Modi is taken into consideration by the Pune authorities this time for Ganeshotsav.
A lot of devotees and tourists visit Ganesh Mandals in Pune during the festival. Many a times they do not find proper sanitation facilities and hence all the chaos. A lot of crowd is mounted for the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandal as it’s one of the mains of the city. Hence looking into the Swachh Bharat theme, a “Nirmal Ganeshotsav” has been chalked out by both the Mandal authorities and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
Both the authorities have decided to set up about 250 mobile toilets in the Pune city area, primarily among the most visited Mandals and all Ganesh Mandals will be urged to cooperate in this endeavour. This was quoted by the Suresh Jagtap, Joint Municipal Commissioner (PMC).
He also added by saying “We want to ensure that there is potable water and enough urinals and mobile toilets so that visitors are not inconvenienced and also the city is kept clean”.
Like every year, the authorities have taken many such initiatives for social activities like social initiatives like free ambulances, housing for labourers, free meals of over 1,000 patients daily at Sassoon General hospital and education to students from economically weaker sections.
Mahesh Survyavanshi, treasurer of the Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati trust, said, “We have undertaken various reforms and trends to make the festival meaningful. If visitors wish to use toilets, there should be adequate toilets for hygienic reasons. We have proposed setting up these mobile toilets with the PMC’s help.”
Dagdusheth Halwai to become a major tourist attraction for MTDC
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is in talks with Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandal to promote Ganesh festival as a major tourist attraction in Pune. Regional manager of MTDC in Pune division Vaishali Chavan said that, they hoped the mandal authorities will promote the festival, especially since 2017 as it will mark the 125th year celebrations.
Source: The Indian Express