GHMC Removes Over 83K Ganesha Idols from Hyderabad Lakes and Ponds

23 Sep, 2021 13:34 IST|Sakshi Post

According to the petition, the GHMC began cleaning operations soon after the festivities concluded.

After Ganesh Chaturthi, the Telangana High Court banned the immersion of PoP idols.

The GHMC petitioned the Supreme Court, claiming that the prohibition would cause a public uproar.

Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) claimed it has retrieved 83,191 Ganesha idols from lakes and ponds in Hyderabad as part of its cleaning efforts following the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. According to the GHMC, a total of 10,091 metric tonnes of discarded trash has been removed. The GHMC's chief entomologist remarked, "We have deployed machinery and over 1,200 staff in all the six zones."

According to the appeal submitted in the Supreme Court, these cleaning operations had already begun after day three of small idol immersions, but they were increased on Monday, September 20th.

The GHMC filed a case before the Supreme Court through lawyer Venkat Reddy after the Telangana High Court banned the immersion of Ganesh idols made of plaster of Paris (PoP) in the lake. The petition further claimed that PoP idols submerged in Hussainsagar and other city lakes shall be removed within 24 hours of their immersion and transferred to solid waste dumping sites.

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