Recently, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) organized a Ganesh Mandal disaster management workshop 2012 in Mumbai. This workshop aimed at bringing awareness and equips the Ganesh Mandal organizers and volunteers to perfectly deal with accidents such as stampedes, drowning, a terror attack or fires.
Nearly 250 people belong to different suburbs of Mumbai attended the workshop with full dedication and cooperation. In this workshop, health experts with full details offered first-aid training. On the other hand, the city’s bomb disposal squad performed life saving activities, conducted a mock drill at a municipal school in Worli, and bomb safe disposal.
While speaking to the media, Naresh Dahibawkar, president, Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samnavay Samiti (BSGSS) said, “Ganesh mandals are at risk of accidents owing to the large crowds that turn up and the many electrical connections at the mandals, the training will enable organisers and volunteers to handle such cases effectively, and save lives before the fire brigade or ambulances arrive.” It is to be noted that BSGSS is an umbrella body of Ganesh mandals in Mumbai.
It is to be remembered that this type of disaster management program was conducted by the civiv bodies last year’s festivals too.
BMC’s disaster management cell, chief officer, Mr. Mahesh Narvekar said, “We appeal to all mandals to not focus only on decorations and preparations for the festival. They should also make efforts towards mitigating disaster and for post-disaster management.” He also mentioned that fire related accidents are more in this city and cross India so care should be taken in this matter.