Hyderabad- Hyderabad Gears Up for Grand Ganesh Shobhayatra and ImmersionsHyderabad, with its vibrant culture and traditions, is all set to celebrate the annual Ganesh Shobhayatra with great enthusiasm. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has meticulously prepared for this grand event, ensuring a smooth and eco-friendly immersion process for the thousands of Ganesh idols that grace the city.
In preparation for the festivities, the iconic Hussainsagar, along with several main ponds and baby ponds, has been designated as immersion points. An impressive 90,000 Ganesh idols have been erected across Greater Hyderabad this year, with more than 30,000 set to be immersed in the picturesque Tank Bund area. To facilitate these immersions, 14 cranes have been strategically placed near Tank Bund, ensuring a safe and efficient process. Additionally, 72 baby ponds for Plaster of Paris (PoP) idols have been distributed throughout the city.
Within close proximity to the main ponds, 28 baby ponds have been set up, capable of accommodating idols ranging from 10 to 12 feet in height. After immersions, prompt waste removal measures will be undertaken. In 24 locations, portable baby ponds have been established, catering to idols ranging from 3 to 5 feet in height. Furthermore, temporary baby ponds will be constructed in 23 areas, specifically designed for idols standing 6 to 8 feet tall.
The highlight of the celebration is the Ganesh Shobhayatra, spanning an impressive 354 kilometers of the city’s main roads. The GHMC’s engineering department has diligently filled potholes along the procession route, ensuring a smooth and safe journey. To add to the spectacle, a special lighting system has been installed along this extensive route at a cost of Rs. 2.15 crores. The path has also been cleared of tree branches, mud, and other debris to make way for the majestic procession. Over ten thousand sanitation workers have been deployed along the route to maintain cleanliness, with each crane stationing 21 sanitation workers.
Safety and efficiency are paramount during these festivities. To this end, a thousand entomology personnel have been specially recruited to work on the cranes. Immersions will take place not only at Hussain Sagar but also at Sarurnagar Lake, Kukatpally Lake, Kapra, and Malkajgiri Lakes, all of which will be under the watchful eye of Disaster Response Force (DRF) personnel and expert yard swimmers.
Massive cranes have been strategically placed around Hussain Sagar to ensure smooth immersions. The Roads and Buildings (R&B) department has taken the initiative to set up required stages in various locations, enhancing the grandeur of the event. Additionally, water bodies will provide drinking water facilities along the Shobhayatra routes, while medical camps have been established at different areas under GHMC’s guidance. To ensure the procession routes remain well-lit during the night, a dedicated team has been assigned to maintain streetlights.
With meticulous planning and dedicated efforts, Hyderabad is all set to revel in the grandeur of Ganesh Shobhayatra and immersions, embracing its rich cultural heritage with open arms.