STORY: India’s southern Hyderabad city is gearing up for the last day of a 10-day festival, as thousands of devotees are expected to gather at the banks of a city lake for immersion of a Hindu deity idols, throwing up cleanness and security challenges for the authorities.
In its preparation, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority on Sunday (September 03) deployed 450 workers and backhoes to clean Hussain Sagar Lake, to make it available for the grand immersion day on Tuesday (September 05), when number of idols made of plaster of paris will be released in the lake.
The Tuesday will mark the culmination of Ganesh Chaturthi, which marks the birthday of Hindu elephant-headed god Ganesha and celebrations are held over a period of 10 days.
Authority’s Deputy Executive Engineer Dayakar said over 1,050 metric ton of filth has already been cleared from the Asia’s largest manmade lake, which includes idols immersed during the previous days.
Meanwhile, camps have also been set up near the lake to meet any medical emergencies that might arise during the massive public congregation.
A medical officer posted in the camp, Purnima, said they were ready with the necessary medicines and equipment to meet any kind of emergencies that might arise during the immersion ritual.
According to local media reports, 165 teams, formed by the civic authorities, are ensuring smooth procession for the last eight days.