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HyderabadGanesh Immersion: GHMC removes 17,862 tonnes of idol debris in 3 days

Ganesh Immersion: GHMC removes 17,862 tonnes of idol debris in 3 days

Published: 22nd Sep 2021 9:20 pm

Hyderabad: One of the largest cleanup operations taken up in the city, to clear debris of Ganesh idols from water bodies in the city, has seen a massive 17,862 tonnes of debris being removed in the last three days.

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The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) along with Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has taken up the exercise to clear the idol debris from 33 lakes in the city apart from 28 artificial ponds that were created for immersion.

While 10,091 tons of debris was fished out on September 20, the next two days saw more than 7,000 tonnes removed and transported to the Jawahar Nagar dumpyard. The planned approach by the State government to protect the lakes i.e., making the artificial ponds ready for immersion, have yielded results, GHMC officials said.

Out of the 94,792 Ganesh idols that were immersed in water bodies, 67,484 were in artificial ponds while 27,308 were immersed in lakes. To accomplish the hectic task of removing and transporting the debris, adequate number of personnel and machinery including earthmovers, excavators and heavy vehicles were deployed. Special teams were formed and GHMC’s Sanitation and Entomology wing along with HMDA staffers took up the cleaning activities in water bodies.

The HMDA deployed 1,000 workers and supervisory staff at the city lakes to assist GHMC workers. The puja material and the idols were removed soon after immersion and fogging was done at immersion points. The civic body’s entomology wing also took up anti-larval operations at these places.

Hussain Sagar

In the Hussain Sagar, 5,711 tons of debris was removed using 23 JCBs and two excavators. A total of 458 personnel were pressed into service and heavy vehicles made 698 trips to transport the debris to the transfer station in Lower Tank Bund, from where it was later shifted to the Jawahar Nagar dumpyard.

Apart from removing the idols, the newly laid pavement of Tank Bund was also being sponged. The stains that formed at a few places due to deployment of cranes were also being cleaned.

Meanwhile, the routine cleaning activities and measures to make sure algae is not formed in the lake were underway. “The floating barriers at the connecting nala and the water outlets of the Hussain Sagar are being monitored,” an HMDA official said.

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