Even as a yellow alert warning of heavy rainfall is predicted in several parts of Telangana, including Hyderabad, the capital city is all set for the grand Ganesh Shobha Yatra and immersion of thousands of idols in water bodies across Greater Hyderabad. Roads leading to Hussainsagar Lake and surroundings are closed for vehicular traffic as lakhs of devotees are expected to congregate in the central part of the city.
Over 40,000 idols are expected to be immersed in various water bodies across the city.
Organisers of Ganesh pandals have been asked to start the procession of the idol early so as to cross Charminar by noon.
Police commissioner CV Anand appealed to people to stay indoors Thursday. “It’ll be my request to everyone to stay indoors and you can always watch the proceedings of the immersion live on all Telugu channels. The roads will be crowded and overflowing with humanity. All processions are also requested to do the immersion in a peaceful manner,” he said in a post on X.
Today is the Ganesh Shobha Yatra and immersions of idols will take place on a big scale . The route is as shown below in the map and no traffic will be permitted to go across . Government has declared a holiday .
It’ll be my request to everyone to stay indoors and you can… pic.twitter.com/eKytMUB29v
— CV Anand IPS (@CVAnandIPS) September 28, 2023
The Telangana High Court has issued a stern direction to the city police to ensure that no idols made of Plaster of Paris (POP) are immersed in any of the natural water bodies. However, the order has not gone down well with several Ganesh pandal organisers.
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The India Meteorological Department has also issued heavy rain warning in adjoining districts of Rangareddy, Sangareddy, Medchal-Malkajgiri, Medak, and Vikarabad.
‘74 water bodies created for immersion of idols’
Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav who inspected the arrangements Wednesday said 74 water bodies are created for the immersion of idols. Besides, 47 health camps and 15 hospitals are kept on standby for emergency medical services, the minister said. As many as 34 lakh drinking water packets are kept ready for devotees at 122 stalls. A total of 369 cranes, including 244 mobile cranes, have been arranged for easy immersion of bigger idols and 12 km of roads have been barricaded, he added.
The DRF teams are clearing water stagnation in various places in the city. Citizens may dial 040-21111111 or 9000113667 for GHMC-DRF assistance. @KTRBRS @arvindkumar_ias @GadwalvijayaTRS @CommissionrGHMC @GHMCOnline pic.twitter.com/Z1MWlqGIBh
— DRF@EVDM (@DRFEVDM) September 27, 2023
Traffic diversions in place
In view of the Ganesh Shobha Yatra, roads are diverted at PVNR Marg, upper Tank Bund, Chapel Road, Gun Foundry, Liberty junction, BRK Bhavan junction, Khairatabad junction, Kavadiguda junction, RTC crossroads, Katta Maisamma temple, MJ bridge, Puranapul, Darussalam, Ajantha gate near Exhibition Grounds, Shivaji bridge, Afzalgunj, Putlibowli crossroads, Jhambagh crossroads, Motigalli, Murgichowk, Darul Shifa crossroads, Nayapul, Madina crossroads, Lakkad kote, Moghalpura, Shamsheergunj, and Enginebowli, en route the 19-km stretch between Balapur and Hussainsagar lake.
గణేష్ శోభాయాత్ర, నిమజ్జనానికి ప్రభుత్వం అన్ని ఏర్పాట్లు చేసింది.
చార్మినార్ వద్ద నుండి ప్రత్యేక బస్సులలో ఉస్మాన్ గంజ్, మోజం జాహీ మార్కెట్, ఆబిడ్స్, లిబర్టీ, తెలుగుతల్లి ఫ్లై ఓవర్ ల మీదుగా NTR మార్గ్ లో ఖైరతాబాద్ గణేశుడిని నిమజ్జనం చేసే క్రేన్ నెంబర్ 4 వద్దకు చేరుకొని ఏర్పాట్లను… pic.twitter.com/Bo18vBR5CT
— Talasani Srinivas Yadav (@YadavTalasani) September 27, 2023
Meanwhile, given the traffic restrictions and the huge congregation of devotees near the central part of the city, the Hyderabad Metro Rail has decided to operate its services till 1 am Friday.