“We have made arrangements of special trolley, hired from Vijayawada, to carry the Ganpati idol from the pandal to NTR Marg ( Hussain Sagar),” said founder-organiser, S Sudershan admitting to the judgment coming as a relief. The procession, on Sunday, will start at 9 am from the Khairatabad pandal. “By 3 pm we expect the immersion to be completed,” Sudershan added.
Similarly, over two lakh PoP Ganesh idols in different sizes, installed in close to 40,000 pandals across the city, will also be immersed in the Hussain Sagar now. In fact, soon after the Supreme Court’s order on Thursday, office bearers of the Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi alerted all pandal committees to made necessary arrangements, like hiring trolleys and goods vehicles, to ensure that the mass immersion is carried out peacefully.
“We spent about ₹8 lakh for the PoP idol and was wondering where we would immerse it, after the high court’s ruling. Now, we are relieved. For three decades we have been immersing idols at the Hussain Sagar,” said a Ganesh Utsav organiser, Santosh Babu, from Erragadda.
Another organising group from KPHB, that has been installing PoP idols for the past 20 years, too aired a similar reaction. “Every year we install an idol with contributions of our colony residents and it specially designed from Dhoolpet. We are glad about the Supreme Court judgment,” said a member, N G Murthy.
“Government agencies, including police, revenue, GHMC, HMWS&SB, TSSDPCL, and other departments have to complete the arrangements,” Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Minister of animal husbandry, said adding that the GHMC has arranged 24 big cranes at Hussain Sagar.