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Don’t Follow Restrictions Imposed by Jagan Govt on Ganesh Fest: BJP


Stating that the AP Government imposed anti-Hindu rules and sanctioned restrictions on Ganesh festival celebrations, the BJP suggested the pilgrims not to obey the new restrictions. In a press conference on Monday here, GVL Narasimha Rao, Rajya Sabha member of BJP stated that the Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy should left all the restrictions imposed on Ganesh festival. He said that the Chief Minister was acting like an anti-Hindu and the Government of Andhra Pradesh was creating hurdles in all Hindu festivals. He said that the Government should maintain secularism in the State.

The BJP leader observed that the Chief Minister was allowing Christians and Minorities to celebrate their festivals without any restrictions and encouraging the people to celebrate Christmas even at the Police Stations. On the other hand, the same Government has not been allowing the Hindus to celebrate their festivals even at their homes.

While criticising the excessive involvement of the State government in Ganesh festival celebrations, the BJP leader said that the Police department also imposed many restrictions on Ganesh Festival Committees.

On the other hand, he announced that the BJP would strengthen their party across 175 Assembly Constituencies and organize ground level meetings at more than 5000 places in the State in the coming days. He also announced that the BJP would celebrate the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the State. The BJP would also conduct in the ensuing MLC elections in the State in the month of February, he said.

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No immersion of PoP idols in Hussain Sagar this year


Authorities in Hyderabad this year will allow immersion of Ganesh idols made by Plaster of Paris (PoP) only in baby/artificial ponds and not Hussain Sagar Lake this year.

The Supreme Court had last year allowed immersion of PoP idols for the last time and has asked Telangana authorities to come up with a plan for immersions at an alternate place.

The authorities have built 50 ponds in addition to the 25 already existing for immersion of idols.

Telangana High Court on September 9, 2021 directed the state government not to allow immersion of Ganesh idols made of PoP in Hussain Sagar Lake and other lakes in and around Hyderabad.

On a petition filed by the state government, the High Court refused to modify its order. The state government subsequently filed an appeal in the Supreme Court. The apex court allowed immersion of PoP idols for one last time.

The court directed the government to permit immersion of PoP Ganesh idols in baby ponds constructed by the GHMC or separate areas/ponds which do not result in the spread of pollution into the main water body.

The state government has also taken steps to promote environment-friendly Ganesh idols. It will distribute a total of six lakh idols made of clay this year.

Minister for animal husbandry T. Srinivas Yadav said Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) alone will distribute four lakh idols made of clay. Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) will distribute one lakh idols each.

Khairatabad Ganesh committee, which installs tallest idol every year, has agreed to use clay for its idol this year.

As part of the arrangements for the ensuing Ganesh Navaratri festivities beginning on August 31, Hyderabad Police Commissioner C.V. Anand on Wednesday held a coordination meeting with all SHOs and senior officers of city police.

Anand gave a slew of instructions regarding setting up of idols, intimation forms and immersion of PoP s idols and clay idols, the procession routes and precautions.

With some of the SHOs and DCPs being fresh to the city police and doing this ‘bandobast’ for the first time, the CP and his staff officers spent a lot of time explaining the various aspects of the preparatory works for the biggest event in the calendar of Hyderabad City Police.

“Since January, all the festivals of various communities were conducted peacefully despite the huge turnout of crowds post-Covid, and so were so many other programmes and events. Those were all quarter finals and semi finals, Ganesh bandobast is the finals and I am sure u will all rise to the occasion and do equally well,” he told the officials.

The police chief said that the organisers must intimate the concerned SHOs about the setting up of the idol and obtain permission. Instructions were given to immerse PoP idols at baby/artificial ponds. The officials were given clarity about court orders.

There will be coordination meetings with the organisers of these mandapams at every level to decide about the installation so as not to inconvenience the general public. Power, water, barricading etc., will be discussed.

The peace committee members should be actively involved and precautions should be taken for watching social media and mischievous posts, the commissioner said.

The Ganesh festivities will conclude this year with immersion on September 9. Every year, thousands of idols are immersed in Hussain Sagar Lake in the heart of the city and dozens of other water bodies in and around the city.

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Telangana HC bans immersion of PoP idols in Hussain Sagar


The Telangana High Court on Thursday directed authorities not to allow immersion of Ganesh idols made of Plaster of Paris in the Hussain Sagar lake here.

The court also imposed certain restrictions on immersion and asked authorities to build a rubber dam and take other necessary steps to check the pollution in the water body in the heart of the city.

A bench of acting Chief Justice M. S. Ramachandra Rao and Justice T. Vinod Kumar pronounced the orders reserved on Tuesday.

The court directed the government, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) and the police to strictly follow its orders.

The bench pronounced orders on a contempt petition filed by advocate Mamidi Venu Madhav for not implementing the court’s orders in the writ petition filed by him seeking a direction to restrain people from immersing idols made of plaster of Paris in Hussain Sagar lake.

The court ordered that immersion of idols made of paris should not be allowed in Hussain Sagar lake. It said such idols may be immersed in special ponds created for the purpose.

The court said instead of allowing immersion in the entire lake, the authorities should build a rubber dam to confine it to a limited area and after the immersion, the debris should be cleared.

It directed the authorities not to allow immersion of idols from Tank Bund. The immersion can be allowed from other sides like PV Marg, Necklace Road and Sanjeevaiah Park road.

The court also asked the authorities to take steps to make sure that devotees from far-off places don’t come to Hussain Sagar for immersion. They were directed to encourage immersion of idols locally and observed that devotees can immerse small idols in buckets at their homes.

The authorities were directed not to encourage idols made of materials harmful to the environment. The court also made it clear that authorities should not allow installation of idols on roads which block vehicular traffic.

The court also imposed restrictions on cultural programmes during the festivities. It said use of loud speakers should not be allowed after 10 p.m.

The bench also wanted authorities to ensure adherence to Covid-19 protocol during festivities. The authorities were directed to ensure social distancing and wearing of masks.

The 10-day long Ganesh festival is beginning on Friday. The festivities will conclude on September 19 with immersion.

Every year hundreds of idols are immersed in Hussain Sagar. Huge idols are brought to the lake in a mammoth procession which starts from Balapur on the city outskirts.

NGOs, environmental activists and eminent citizens have been voicing concern over the pollution in the lake and demanding curbs on immersion.

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AP High Court supports curbs on Ganesh pandals in public places


The Andhra Pradesh High Court has come in support of YSRCP government’s decision to impose curbs on public celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi festival from September 10 to 19.

However, the court directed AP government to allow Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in private places duly following Covid norms.

The AP government recently issued orders imposing ban on setting up Ganesh pandals in public places which created a furore.

Opposition TDP and BJP strongly opposed curbs on Ganesh Chaturthi festivals and holding protest rallies across the state.

A petition was filed in AP High Court challenging state government’s orders on curbs on Ganesh festival celebrations.

The High Court issued directions on Wednesday (today) stating that there is nothing wrong in state government imposing restrictions on public celebrations in the wake of Covid conditions in state and to prevent Covid third wave.

However, the court directed state government not to impose restrictions on setting up pandals in private places.

The High Court allowed setting up of Ganesh pandals in private places and allowed five devotees at a time to perform pujas at pandals duly following Covid norms.

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