Setting an example for the city mandals participating in the ongoing Ganeshotsav, two Ganesh mandals in Dhankawadi have jointly installed two Ganpati idols under one mandap. They came together in 2006 by effecting a merger. The Alishan Mitra Mandal and the Akhil Dhankawadi Mandal are today run under the name Akhil Dhankawadi Alishan Mitra Mandal. The venture, they say, has led to lesser noise pollution and minimum road blockage in the area.
The brain behind bringing the two mandals together was of Vikas Chavan, president of the Akhil Dhankawadi Alishan Mitra Mandal. He said that it did not require much convincing . “Both the mandals aim at doing good work and doing it jointly meant more manpower. Today, with over 1,000 mandal members, we can engage in more social activities.” Earlier, there were around 350 and 650 members in the Alishan Mitra Mandal and the Akhil Dhankawadi Mandal, respectively.