To ensure smooth flow of procession and hassle-free immersions, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has deployed its staff at 170 focal points as well as 28 artificial ponds in the city.
The entomology wing of the civic body is also doing its bit by carrying out fogging, anti-larval and regular cleaning of ponds, lakes and surrounding areas. The department has put to work as many as 1,200 personnel in three shifts to sanitise problem areas.
“To fight vector-borne diseases, our teams have also released gambusia fish into a few ponds. The ponds near Kotha Cheruvu, ILD lake, Durgam Cheruvu and Kondapur have been cleaned. Also, as many as 21 other lakes are being cleaned on a war footing,” said Dr A Rambabu, GHMC chief entomologist.
On checking accumulation of waste after conclusion of festival, a GHMC official said: “Workers will be deployed at each pond to remove puja items and decorative materials from the pond after the immersion.”
This year officials have arranged 330 cranes (122 static and 208 mobile) for idol immersion at an estimated cost of ₹10 crore. The cranes would be deployed at major lakes and artificial ponds across the city.
Crane service providers have been given strict instructions to provide adequate sandbags and ensure that the recently developed amenities including the designer lamps and pavements are not damaged during the immersion process.