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Hyderabad turns fortress for Ganesh procession

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Hyderabad: A different energy will be in the atmosphere, ‘gulal’ rending the air a pink shade along with music and dance to get the adrenaline pumping as the city gets ready to bid adieu to Lord Ganesh on Sunday.

After the State government going all the way up to the Supreme Court to clear the uncertainty that threw a shadow on the immersion in the Hussain Sagar following legal issues, Sunday will see chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Moriya’, along with the invitation ‘Agle baras jaldi aana’, reverberating from major water bodies, with immersion processions from across the city to begin early in the morning.

The Balapur Ganesh, for whom the new Road under Bridge at Falaknuma will be opened temporarily, will be among the first of major idols to begin his journey towards Hussain Sagar, after the auction of the famed Balapur Ganesh laddu at 9 am. Another much awaited immersion to be watched will be that of the iconic Khairatabad Ganesh idol, standing tall at 40 feet this year, with the Shobha Yatra expected to begin earlier than usual.

In the city, 21,000 police personnel will be ensuring security with Telangana State Special Police, Quick Response Teams and Rapid Action Force teams also to be deployed, with officials already making arrangements at Tank Bund and other spots with cranes with specific numbers allotted for each major idol. Similar arrangements are in place at various locations in Rachakonda and Cyberabad too. While there will be 6,500 personnel on duty in Cyberabad, which has 35 important lakes, Rachakonda will have about 5,000 personnel for 24 points. Apart from these, 215 Ganesh Action Teams comprising 8,116 workers will be deployed along procession routes. The State government is deploying 330 cranes across the GHMC limits, 40 of them at Hussain Sagar.

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Around 30,000 idols are expected to be immersed in the Hussain Sagar alone by Monday, with the police banning flying drones and continuously doing anti-sabotage checks all along the main procession route and bylanes.

The Hyderabad Metro Rail will be operating trains late into the night, while the South Central Railway has announced restoration of eight MMTS train services to clear the extra rush on Sunday. There will be traffic restrictions all across Hyderabad on Sunday, with the curbs expected to extend late into the night or till the immersion is completed.

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