The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) have begun taking preparatory measures for Puja immersion at the city ghats this year.

The mayor, Firhad Hakim, deputy mayor Atin Ghosh, municipal commissioner Khalil Ahmed, Debashish Kumar, member mayor-incouncil (MMIC), parks and squares department and other KMC officials went on an inspection tour of the ghats in the city where every year the idols are immersed. The KMC team was accompanied with officials of the Kolkata Police.

The team visited Baje Kadamtala Ghat, Nimtala Ghat and Dahi Ghat. Mr Atin Ghosh said: “It is a general inspection that we do every year at the city ghats where immersions take place. We visited the ghats today to ensure that things are at place. Every year, preparations are made to ensure there is no accident. The police team was also with us during the inspection drive.”

He added: “We have our cranes at the big ghats like Nimtala, Judges Ghat and others. KMC workers along with disaster management team personnel will be present at each ghat.”

Meanwhile, the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) is also deploying a large number of personnel at each of the immersion ghats. A KoPT spokesperson said: “We are deploying at least 20-25 KoPT workers in all the three immersion ghats -Judges Ghat, Nimtala Ghat and Baje Kadamtala Ghat. In addition to that, we will provide a floating crane at Baje Kadamtala Ghat.”

The police have also taken up measures for the immersion ceremonies on Vijaya Dashami on 8 October.

While police will provide security for the 30-odd Pujas which will participate in the Red Road Carnival, other pujas have to immerse their idols within the stipulated time period of three days after Dashami.