Hyderabad: A mammoth Ganesh procession was underway in Hyderabad on Friday amid tight safety preparations.
Tons of of idols had been taken out in processions to Hussain Sagar lake within the coronary heart of the town and dozens of different lakes in and across the metropolis.
The primary procession began from Balapur on the southern fringes of the town. It can cowl a distance of about 20 km passing via the previous metropolis and different components of the town to achieve Hussain Sagar, the place authorities have made elaborate preparations for immersion.
A number of tributary processions will be a part of the principle procession, claimed to be the most important gathering for immersion after Mumbai.
Because the day is coinciding with Friday prayers, police have made further safety preparations, particularly within the communally delicate previous metropolis.
Policemen and personnel of the Speedy Motion Drive (RAF) had been deployed close to the historic Mecca Masjid and Charminar as the principle procession handed via the realm.
Muslim non secular leaders have appealed to the folks to supply Friday prayers within the mosques close to their properties as an alternative of coming to Mecca Masjid or different mosques.
Tight safety preparations have additionally been made in view of the latest disturbances witnessed over an offensive video posted by BJP MLA Raja Singh.
As many as 35,000 policemen have been deployed within the limits of three police commissionerates — Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner C.V. Anand stated along with the town police, personnel have been drawn from numerous districts.
He together with different prime officers was carefully monitoring the motion of the principle procession and the tributary processions from the just lately inaugurated built-in police command and management centre via the exhaustive community of CCTV cameras.
Director Basic of Police Mahendra Reddy was additionally monitoring the procession in Hyderabad and in different components of the state from state police headquarters. The monitoring is being achieved via 10 lakh CCTV cameras throughout the state.
Along with the CCTV community, 739 cameras have been deployed alongside the principle procession route in Hyderabad. Ten drones, 4 digicam mounted automobiles and two cell command management centres kind a part of the large monitoring system.
A number of Fast Response Groups, canine squads, and anti-chain snatching groups, and SHE Groups have additionally been deployed.
The Better Hyderabad Municipal Company (GHMC) has made elaborate preparations for clean immersion
Over 40,000 idols shall be immersed in Hussain Sagar and greater than 50 different lakes and synthetic ponds in and across the metropolis.
Officers stated as many as 9,523 idols, which are over 3 toes tall, shall be immersed on Friday. The method might proceed the following day.
Khairatabad Ganesh, the tallest idol within the metropolis at 50 toes, was additionally heading in direction of Hussain Sagar lake. Authorities have made particular preparations with heavy carnes for the transport and immersion of the idol, which has been manufactured from clay this yr.
The mammoth procession has introduced your complete metropolis to a halt. Police have imposed visitors restrictions. Liquor retailers and bars will stay closed within the limits of all three police commissionerates.
Further safety measures have additionally been put in place attributable to row over immersion in Hussain Sagar lake in view of courts prohibiting immersion of Plaster of Paris (PoP) idols.
The federal government of Telangana has clarified that solely idols manufactured from clay shall be allowed to be immersed in Hussain Sagar per the orders of the Excessive Court docket.
POP idols might be immersed in 31 lakes and 74 child ponds throughout the town, it stated.
The GHMC has deployed 280 cranes and 130 cell cranes for immersion. Greater than 10,000 sanitation employees have been engaged to assist with the immersion course of.
The Excessive Court docket, in its order dated July 21 has maintained that immersion of POP idols in Hussain Sagar is prohibited, beginning this yr.
Over the past couple of days, Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi (BGUS) organised protests demanding the federal government to permit immersion of idols with out restrictions.
In view of the immersion procession, the state authorities has declared a vacation for all authorities faculties and academic establishments in three districts — Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Medchal Malkajgiri.