The State government is making adequate arrangements for the smooth conduct of Ganesh idol immersion procession on Sunday at Hussain Sagar and other locations that fall under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

All the major government departments including the city and traffic police, GHMC, HMWSSB, R&B and electricity and others will work in tandem to ensure that the Shobha Yatra is held peacefully without any hassles, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Talasani Srinivas Yadav said on Thursday.

A special control room to coordinate the entire immersion activity will be established at Hussain Sagar while 27,955 personnel from various police wings were being deployed for bandobust. Overall, 300 special cranes will be installed at 25 water bodies and 25 baby ponds in areas under GHMC with 25 heavy capacity cranes stationed at Hussain Sagar alone to facilitate idol immersion. To ensure safety of devotees taking part in the immersion ceremonies at the water bodies, services of 100 expert swimmers will be utilised.

Special arrangements are also underway to ensure Ganesh pandals have access to round-the-clock power supply and the Minister said additional generators have also been arranged for the purpose.

To provide emergency vehicle breakdown support during the immersion procession, the authorities will station at least 1,000 emergency vehicles at 10 different locations and will be manned by RTA inspectors. On sanitation, Srinivas Yadav said a total of 215 teams consisting of 8,160 sanitation staff and enough number of mobile toilets will be deployed across different locations.

For improved connectivity to different locations to devotees, MMTS railway services will be available from Nampally, Lakdikapul, Khairatabad, Sanjeevaiah Park, James Street and Begumpet railway stations. “While the State government has gone to great lengths to ensure proper arrangements are made and basic facilities are available, I also urge the general public to cooperate and make this annual event a great success,” he added.

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