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Hyderabad becomes stronghold for Ganesh procession

Hyderabad: The atmosphere will have a different energy, ‘Gulal’ with music and dance painting the air pink and getting the adrenaline pumping as the city gets ready to bid off Lord Ganesha on Sunday.

Slogans of ‘Ganpati Bappa Moria’ as well as ‘next year’ will be heard on Sunday, after the state government moved the Supreme Court to clear the uncertainty that casts a shadow over the immersion in Hussain Sagar after legal issues. Jaldi Aana’, reverberating from major water bodies, begins early in the morning with immersion processions from across the city.

Balapur Ganesh, for whom the new road under the bridge at Falaknuma will be temporarily opened, will be one of the prominent idols to begin their journey towards Hussain Sagar after the auction of the famous Balapur Ganesh laddus at 9 am. Another much-awaited immersion to be seen will be that of the iconic Khairatabad Ganesh idol, which is 40 feet tall this year, with the Shobha Yatra expected to begin earlier than usual.

In the city, 21,000 police personnel will ensure security along with the Telangana State Special Police, Rapid Response Teams and Rapid Action Force teams will also be deployed, officials are already making arrangements at Tank Bund and other places, including one for each major Unique numbers are allotted. Similar arrangements are in place in Rachakonda and Cyberabad also at various places. While Cyberabad, which has 35 important lakes, will have 6,500 personnel on duty, Rachakonda will have around 5,000 personnel for 24 points. In addition to these, 215 Ganesh Action Teams comprising 8,116 workers will be deployed on the procession routes. The state government is deploying 330 cranes across the GHMC border, of which 40 are in Hussain Sagar.

About 30,000 idols are expected to be immersed in Hussain Sagar alone by Monday, with police banning drone flying and continuing anti-sabotage checks on the main procession route and suburbs.

Hyderabad Metro Rail will operate trains till late night, while South Central Railway on Sunday announced restoration of eight MMTS train services to clear the extra rush. Traffic restrictions will remain in place across Hyderabad on Sunday, and the restrictions are expected to extend till late night or till the immersion is completed.

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