Hyderabad: The 74 artificial baby pools set up by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) for the immersion of Ganesh idols appear to be well received by devotees on Friday. Dressed in their traditional finery, they were seen heading towards the ponds.
A few gated communities and some pandals have opted for an eco-friendly way of immersing the clay idols in their premises in artificial ponds.
According to GHMC officials, immediately after immersion, the ‘samagri’ pooja is removed separately and thrown into a van. In addition, sanitation personnel are delegated to clean the pond. The idols are moved to different places after immersion.
“As there was a problem to go to the Tank Bund for people who reside in remote places, we created ponds in nearby areas. The ponds received a huge response
“Having an artificial baby pool in our circle has made the immersion process easier and achievable, as every year we wait in a long line at the Tank Bund and look forward to our chance to come. This year, we could easily immerse the idols smoothly,” Krian of RK Nagar, Malkajgiri, said.
“The idea of installing baby pools in nearby towns has eased our burden. Previously, it was difficult to get to the Tank Bund from Kukatpally. We used to come back late at night, but this year we were able to complete the immersion in less than an hour,” said Vinay from Kukatpally.
Said Health League member Kacheguda, “Over the past few years, we have decided to immerse the idol of Ganesh in our premises. As a citizen first, it is our duty to raise awareness people to choose idols made of clay, instead of those made of plaster of Paris.For many years we have been installing clay Ganesh at our pandal.Like the way and wholeheartedly how immersion is at Hussainsagar, on our campus, we follow all the traditional methods to immerse the idol in an artificial tank.”