Mahaparinirvan day today, lakhs to pay respects to Ambedkar
Express News Service Posted online: Mon Dec 06 2010, 04:28 hrs
Mumbai : Civic officials have promised to double the number of
labourers and volunteers on duty in Dadar-Shivaji Park area during the
three-day gathering in the city to mark the death anniversary of Dr
Babasaheb Ambedkar, which falls on Monday. Lakhs of Ambedkar followers
from across the state gather in Mumbai every year to pay respects at
Dadar's Chaitya Bhoomi on December 6, observed as Mahaparinirvan Din.
Over 800 workers have been deployed to maintan cleanliness on the
Chaitya Bhoomi premises and in Dadar-Shivaji Park area, where the
followers camp. "These include our workers, volunteers and NGO
labourers and they will keep the area clean as a number of people are
expected to visit," deputy municipal commissioner KS Kshirsagar said.
"They will work round the clock in three shifts."
Officials said the followers had begun to trickle into the city as
early as December 1. The BMC has, for the first time, opened an
information kiosk outside Dadar railway station. The other two control
rooms will be at Chaityabhoomi and Shivaji Park.
The civic body has put up 120 mobile toilets and 200 stationary
toilets for the gathering. Drinking water facilities have been
provided at over 350 spots, besides deploying 10 tankers and a fire
brigade unit. Voluntary organisations have opened over 80 eatery
stalls. Health camps have also been put up and doctors from KEM
Hospital will be on duty in these camps under the supervision of BMC
hospitals director Dr Sanjay Oak.
The security arrangements have also been tightened. "Besides CCTV
cameras put across the area, we have also barricaded the whole of
The civic body released a Marathi booklet on social equality a day
before Dr Ambedkar's death anniversary. "We will ensure that no
inconvenience is caused to any one who visits Chaityabhoomi," Mayor
Shraddha Jadhav said.
Western Railway will operate two special suburban trains early on
Tuesday morning — one from Marine Lines at 2.30 am, reaching Virar at
4.10 am; and the other from Virar at 2.30 am, reaching Marine Lines at
4.06 am. They will halt at all stations in both directions. The
Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking will
also ply additional buses on December 6 and 7.
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