Mumbai, August 26: On the first day of Ganesh visarjan the Mumbai police officials on Saturday issued a traffic advisory for three major immersion routes from where the procession will be carried out. The Mumbai police are on an alert and are maintaining a strict vigil across the city in view of the 12-day Ganesh festival which started on Friday. Apart from Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu Chowpatty, Sheetal Talao, Powai Lake, Vihar Lake, there are more than 50 spots across Mumbai where immersions of Ganesh idol takes place.Also Read - Sankashti Chaturthi 2021: Significance, Shubh Muhurat, Puja Vidhi and Everything You Need to Know

The Ganpati immersion for the first day will start today from 1 pm and will end by 12 in the night. The Mumbai police officials have given special instructions to mandals across the to follow the traffic advisory to reach the immersion point. The festival of Ganesh visarjan is considered as the biggest exercise for Mumbai police when around 20,000 officers work for at least 12-days in a row. Also Read - Sumit Sethi's New Song Jai Dev 2.0 Along With Nooran Sisters is One Song That Will Blow Your Mind

Some roads will be closed today while some motorists might witness today traffic on some routes. This year, Mumbai police officials have divided the routes into three parts – a route for Ganpati procession, a separate route for crowd returning to the respective places and regular traffic routes. Also Read - Artist Gains Praises Online for Creating Miniature Ganesha Idols on Shells, Pearls, Needles

The cops have decided to close 53 roads in the city to regulate traffic. Around 54 roads will be one-way while parking at 99 places will be restricted during the festival, Mumbai police spokesperson Dr Rashmi Karandhikar said.

The cops have also started to beef up security to prevent any untoward incident during the festival and have undertaken several measures to ensure that the festival passes off peacefully.

In Mumbai, nearly 7,610 Ganesh idols have been installed in the mandals and around 1.25 lakh idols in households, Mumbai police said.

“We are putting nakabandis and are conducting combing operations. We are checking hotels and lodges in the jurisdiction of every police station,” Karandhikar said.

Policemen in plainclothes will also be deployed in the crowd to protect women and children.

“We have activated Anti Terror Cells and Bomb Disposal and Detection Squads (BDDS), dog squads etc. The Riot Control Police and the State Reserve Police Force will also be deployed in the city to avoid any untoward incident,” the DCP said on Thursday.