Thursday, 11 July 2019
Even as the civic administration was mulling the installation of height barriers to prevent vehicles weighing above 16 tonnes from using the weak Currey Road and Chinchpokli bridges, Ganesh mandals in the area got wind of it. Considering that Ganeshotsav is only seven weeks away, they immediately met Guardian Minister Subhash Desai and representatives of government agencies on Monday asking for the decision to be reconsidered as Ganesh idols would then not be able to move past the barriers. There are 100 to 150 Ganesh mandals and sculptors in the area and people would need to use the bridge to ferry the idols home or to pandals. The decision has now been put on hold till after the festival. For now, only boards will be put up to prevent heavy vehicles from plying on the weak bridges.
While local leaders have said vehicles such as tempos and buses should not be banned during Ganeshotsav, Ganesh mandals said the weight of their idols was barely a maximum of 1 to 1.5 tonnes and hence the decision to ban vehicles weighing 16 tonnes and more would not affect the festivities, but the height barriers would.