Hyderabad: With Ganesh festivities just three days away, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has intensified cleaning trash in Hussain Sagar lake, especially along the shoreline towards NTR Marg end.
HMDA launched a special drive at an estimated cost of Rs 26.25 lakh as part of making arrangements for a hassle-free immersion of Ganesh idols at the lake. Towards this initiative, it pressed into service an amphibious excavator, two dredge utility crafts and trash collector for clearing the trash from the lake. Generally, everyday, about 27 cubic metres of trash is cleared from the waste.
As part of making arrangements for idol immersion, special focus is now being laid on the shoreline towards NTR Marg end. Every year hundreds of idols are immersed in the lake, despite Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) constructing 23 immersion ponds in different areas.
Last year, nearly 60,000 idols were reported to have been immersed in the lake. After the 11 day festivities, HMDA had cleared 4,716 metric tonnes of Ganesh idol remains and other puja material from the lake.
The same was shifted to the GHMC garbage transfer station at Lower Tank Bund. All the post immersion cleaning was completed in seven days, besides picking up trash during the eleven days of festivities.
Further to intensify the lake cleaning activity on a regular basis, HMDA is planning to procure two trash collectors in addition to the existing one. Each trash collector is expected to cost nearly Rs 2 crore and they will be procured in a couple of months, said a senior official from HMDA.
In addition to this, under the initiative to promote eco-friendly festivities, the HMDA this year is planning to distribute 40,000 clay idols. The eight inch idols are being prepared by a registered society and will be distributed to the citizens at subsidised rates of Rs 10 each at different parks.
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