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Ganpati procession begins in Mumbai

Lalbaugcha Raja leaves later and is immersed around 6 am the following morning.

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Mumbai: As the ten-day Ganesh festival concludes on Friday the processions for immersion of idols began in Metropolis amid chants of “Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudhachya Varshi Lavkar Ya”.

For smooth Ganpati Visarjan, the Mumbai traffic police have changed traffic routes.

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In a statement issued by the Mumbai traffic, overall, 74 roads will be closed to automotive traffic; 54 roads will only allow vehicular traffic going one way; 57 roads will not allow heavy vehicles, and 114 locations throughout the city will have parking restrictions.

In addition to enforcing traffic limits, the police warned Ganapati mandals and devotees who would be participating in the idols’ immersion procession to use a list of bridges that had become deteriorated and unsafe.

According to a statement from the traffic police, “All Ganesh devotees and mandals are informed that the bridges of the Railways have become old and dangerous. Therefore, all devotees should take care.”

Meanwhile, in Lalbaug, the 95-year-old Mumbaicha Raja of Ganesh Gully, was the first to head out of its pandal around 08:30 am and reach Girgaum Chowpatty by 5 pm, said president Kiran Tawde.

Lalbaugcha Raja leaves later and is immersed around 6 am the following morning.

Meanwhile, the IMD in its five-day forecast stated that today heavy rains are likely with lightning and gusty winds. And from September 10 to 12, heavy rainfall at isolated places was very likely, the IMD further stated.

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