Vastavam web: The mammoth Ganesh procession was underway here on Sunday amid tight security. Hundreds of idols from various parts of Hyderabad, its twin city Secunderabad and surrounding areas were bring carried to water bodies for immersion, marking the culmination of 11-day festivities. Idols of the elephant-headed Hindu god in different sizes and avatars were being brought to the lake on trucks amid slogans of devotees as police were maintaining a tight vigil to prevent any untoward incident.
According to officials, 14,000 idols were installed in ‘pandals’ or makeshift structures at public places while an equal number of idols were put up without registration. Majority of these idols will be immersed in Hussain Sagar. The main procession began from Balapur with the traditional auction of ‘laddu’. Resident Srinivas Gupta bought the ‘laddu’ for Rs 16.60 lakh. About 20,000 policemen have been deployed as part of the massive security arrangements for the annual procession.
The police chief said they were using technology for effective monitoring to ensure peaceful and smooth conduct of the processions. In Hyderabad alone, 2.5 lakh surveillance cameras are being used to monitor the procession from Balapur to Hussain Sagar. For the second year in a row, the tallest idol began its journey early. The 57-feet-tall Ganesh installed at Khairatabad was carried on a trailer truck. After covering the four-km distance, the idol reached Hussain Sagar by afternoon.
Authorities have deployed 200 cranes, including 51 static cranes, at Hussain Sagar and other water bodies for immersion. According to officials, over 50,000 idols including small and medium sized idols were immersed during the last two days. Majority of the idols will be immersed on today.