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Women Inmates celebrate Ganesh Utsav in Maharashtra’s Kalyan Jail

The festival came alive as around 60 women inmates along with their children, aged 1-5, recited bhajans and other devotional songs to celebrate the festival

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Ganesh Puja. Wikimedia

Thane, September 13, 2016: Ganesh Utsav is a spectacular festival celebrated to honor Hindu God Lord Ganesha. The elephant-headed god is worshiped for 10 days from Bhadrapada Shudha Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi, according to the Hindu Calendar.

It is celebrated all over India, but the maximum grandeur is witnessed in Mumbai and across Maharashtra.

The spirit of the festival is on the show throughout Mumbai but a rare and incredible way of celebration was found in the Aadharwadi jail at Kalyan, this year in 2016, mentioned a TOI report.

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The women inmates at the prison found a way to express devotion and celebrate the Ganesh Utsav to honor their favorite elephant-headed God.

Ganesh traveling on a mouse, Wikimedia
Ganesh traveling on a mouse, Wikimedia

The festival came alive as around 60 women inmates along with their children, aged 1-5, recited bhajans and other devotional songs to celebrate the festival. The surrounding of the jail or their life situation did not seem to affect their spirit of enjoyment.

A group of bhajan singers was also called to add zing to the moment of happiness. Sandhya Ranade, an 82-year-old bhajan singer led a local group of Marathi bhajan singers and organized the event during the weekend in the jail itself.

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Ranade said to TOI, “I have been teaching in the Aadharwadi school (located nearby) for long and I have a special love for the people there. This inspired me to perform for the female inmates of the jail,” during the event.

The entire city of Mumbai celebrates Ganpati festival irrespective of caste, creed, and religion. This celebration brings out the splendor of street life, the spirit of sharing and giving and the strength of the city’s artistic traditions.

– prepared by Arya Sharan of NewsGram. Twitter: @NoOffense9

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BEST, Mumbai’s Public Bus Services, Further Reduces its Carbon Footprints by Inducting 10 Swank Electric Buses

The programme has been delayed on account of the rains, Olectra Greentech COO Anand Swaroop told IANS

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Earlier, the BEST had acquired six electric buses in Nov 2017, added 10 more today and will get another 30 by October-end. Pixabay

The BEST – Mumbai’s public bus services – on Monday further reduced its carbon footprints by inducting 10 swank electric buses for the city commuters, a top official said.

“Earlier, the BEST had acquired six electric buses in Nov 2017, added 10 more today and will get another 30 by October-end. The programme has been delayed on account of the rains,” Olectra Greentech COO Anand Swaroop told IANS.

However, every week from today, the company will deliver five eBuzz K7 buses which are 9-metres long, wet-leased on Gross Cost Contract basis, he said.

Swaroop added that the move to add more eBuzz K7 after the first set received an extremely good response for the high comfort levels, smooth ride, cutting costs and helping conserve the environment.

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The BEST – Mumbai’s public bus services – on Monday further reduced its carbon footprints by inducting 10 swank electric buses for the city commuters, a top official said. Pixabay

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar received the keys of the 10 electric buses from Swaroop at a function here this afternoon.

According to Swaroop, the eBuses were deployed under the centre’s Faster Adoption & Manufacture of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles – FAME1 scheme, initiated by the Ministry of Heavy Industries.

Olectra-BYD is the first electric vehicle manufacturer in the country to achieve the milestone of crossing five million km cumulatively driven by its eBuses under commercial operations in Himachal Pradesh, Hyderabad, Kerala, Mumbai and Pune.

After the full strength of 46 is achieved, it will help transport around one million Mumbai commuters each month in zero-emission comforts.

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“The BEST is planning to procure another 250 eBuses. On an average, running the 46 eBuses along would reduce carbon emissions by 1.2 crore tonnes of carbon dioxide or equivalent to planting 60,000 trees and saves the BMC cost of 3.70 million litres diesel annually,” Swaroop said.

He said in the long run this would yield macro-economic benefits like conserving valuable Foreign Exchange due to reduced dependency on fossil fuels (petroleum).

Explaining the benefits of eBuses, he said the new fleet had airconditioned and non-airconditioned, low floor buses which can travel upto 200 km in a single-charge based on traffic conditions.

“Each e-Bus can be charged within 2-3 hours, has a capacity of 32+a driver, electronically controlled air-suspension, 3 CCTV cameras for safety of commuters, regenerative braking, protection for short-circuits, etc.,” said Swaroop. (IANS)