Hyderabad: The Telangana government on Saturday announced that it will not impose any restrictions on the height of idols this Ganesh Chaturthi. Organizers of Ganesh mandapams can install idols of any size and height, said minister for animal husbandry Talasani Srinivas Yadav.
Last year, the state government had restricted the height of Ganesh idols due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Yadav further said that the government is planning elaborate arrangements to celebrate the Ganesh Navaratri festivities on a grand scale while following all COVID-19 norms. He also asked the Ganesh Utsav committees led by Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Committee to install idols as per their plans, keeping in mind the conditions in their areas and along the Shobha Yatra route.
Speaking at a highlevel meeting convened to discuss the arrangements for Ganesh Chaturthi festivities this year, the minister said that the festivities would begin with the installation of Ganesh idols on 10 September and end with immersion and Shobha Yatra (centralized procession) on 19 September. He urged people to celebrate the festival by following COVID-19 norms.
During the meeting, Balapur organizers pointed out that Balapur road, where the Shobha Yatra starts, is damaged due to the recent heavy rains. The Minister directed GHMC commissioner D.S Lokesh Kumar to visit the area on Monday and take steps to repair the road.
Based on the number of idol installations this year, static and mobile cranes required for immersion of idols will be arranged as required at various water bodies in the city, the minister said.