Even as the city is preparing to invite Lord Ganesha into their homes, the Hyderabad city police are gearing up to handle the pressure during immersion days and have come up with innovative ideas to tackle the issue. This year, the city police are trying a new experiment wherein the idols will be immersed with zero human interference.
Thermocol or empty drums will be used to create a buoyant force to ensure that the idol does not need any human intervention. Also, the entire process will cut short the immersion time by 4 to 6 minutes which is huge considering the number of idols that would be immersed in Hussain Sagar this year. An automatic hook release system will be used to make the whole process simpler, shared police commissioner Anjani Kumar.
Another major feature of this year’s Ganesh activity would be the cleaning process of Hussain Sagar during immersion days. Throughout the 10 days, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority or HMDA will be indulging in cleaning up activities post immersion. Every other day, the debris from the immersion will be cleared at all platforms around Hussain Sagar and NTR Marg.
This year, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on September 10, and the festivities will continue for 10 days as always and end on September 19. HMDA will deploy JCBs, cranes, tippers, and trucks for 20 days, during which time the lake will be cleared of frames, plaster of Paris, jute and steel frames, flowers, garlands, and other pooja material.The HMDA will be spending Rs 26 lakh to Rs 27 lakh for the clearance activity, which will be completed within seven days of immersion.