Hyderabad, Sept 18 (INN): Amidst unprecedented security and heavy rains, the final Ganesh immersion procession passed off peacefully in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad on Wednesday.
Thousands of big and small idols were taken into a 15-kilometre long main procession from Keshavagiri in the Old City to Hussain Sagar Lake for immersion in large trucks. However, the incessant rains reduced the pace of procession at several places. The immersion of Ganesh idols too was delayed due to heavy rains in the evening.
However, braving rains, thousands of people gathered at Tank Bunk and Necklace Road to witness the immersion of nearly 50,000 big and small Ganesh idols. Nearly 15,000 security personnel including Special Forces were deployed to ensure peaceful culmination of the mammoth procession. The procession was also monitored through 800 CC TV cameras installed at strategic locations across the city.
The city’s tallest Ganesh idol at Khairatabad too has started its journey for immersion into the Hussain Sagar. Due to its heavy size, it is likely to reach the Hussain Sagar Lake only on Thursday morning.
Hundreds of youth wearing saffron scarves marched towards the lake with the Ganesh idols for immersion by chanting slogans ‘Ganapathi Bappa Mourya, Ab Ke Baras Jaldi Aa’.
Officials say that the immersion process would be completed only by Thursday afternoon.