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Hyderabad: Elaborate arrangements for Ganesh idol immersion: Everything calm if rain cooperate

In Hyderabad, all arrangements are in place for Ganesh idol immersion. During the 10-day festivities, about 30 thousand idols will be immersed in the Hussainsagar lake in Hyderabad. Over 30 additional tiny and artificial ponds have been created for the immersion so that idols can be immersed easily.

About 25 thousand police personnel and over 10 thousand personnel from various departments from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation have been deployed for the immersion process.

Police have imposed heavy traffic restrictions throughout the Hyderabad, Cyberabad, and Rachakonda police commissionerates in view of the Shobha Yatra of Ganesh Idols.

Telangana Government has declared a Holiday today for schools, colleges and government offices on account of Ganesh Idol Immersion. The government has issued orders to this effect.

The 10-day Ganesh Utsav that was celebrated with devotion, faith and exuberance comes to a close today in Maharashtra and other parts of the country.

The festival witnessed lakhs of devotees visiting the Ganesh pandals and paying obeisance to seek blessings from their favourite God. Common men, celebrities and politicians thronged in large numbers to take blessings of big Ganesh mandals in Mumbai and Pune.

Meanwhile, civic bodies have made all arrangements for the immersion of Ganesha idols in the state. The Tourism Department has set up an air-conditioned pavilion for foreign tourists to witness the immersion ceremony at Girgaon Chowpatty in Mumbai.

A total of 73 natural immersion sites and over 150 artificial ponds will be available for visarjan of Ganesh idols in Mumbai. According to Mumbai’s civic body, 786 lifeguards, 45 motor boats and over three thousand flood lights have been deployed to ensure safety of devotees.

Besides, 15,500 policemen, 3200 officers, eight companies of Maharashtra State Reserve Police Force, one company of Rapid Action Force and 750 home guards will also be keeping an eye on the city.

In view of the heavy rain warning, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has urged people not to venture into the sea.

Devotees must use German rafts and trained manpower available at all locations for immersion.

As a precautionary measure, MCGM has set up 188 control rooms, 83 ambulances and 188 first aid centres. The civic body has asked citizens not to panic in case of fish bite.

They must apply pressure if bleeding and visit the nearest first aid centre.  Mumbai Police has urged citizens who have travel plans via railways or airways to plan their journey accordingly as traffic will be heavy on most roads as people bid goodbye to their bappa.

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