Hyderabad: High Court suggested on Monday that idols of lord Ganesha shouldn’t be more than 15 feet height, at pandals this year and also asked Telangana government to furnish details on what measures were taken up for reducing the height of idols.
The Bench, comprising acting chief justice Dilip B Bhosale and justice P Naveen Rao, was dealing with a plea of Mamidi Venu Madhav, an advocate of the city, seeking protection of Hussainsagar lake from pollution and also a direction to the authorities not to allow immersion of Ganesh idols in the lake during Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
High Court has further said that in the name of idols, it’s not wise to create hurdles for the development of the city.
Justice Bhosale said that the Maharashtra government had been arranging separate bins for Ganesh immersions. When Counsel for the petitioner insisted that an order on 15-foot-tall Ganesh Idols be issued, the bench said it was not inclined to do so, adding that it was up to the organisers and the devotees to embark on self-regulation.
Khairatabad Ganesha idol very popular for its height in both the Telugu states. Generally, the idol of lord Ganesha is of 60 feet height and 28 feet in breadth. Ganesh Utsava Samithi commented that during the past 37 years, no difficulty faced either by the State or individuals.
Considering the ongoing works on Hyderabad Metro Rail project, only 15-foot-tall idols should be put up. The bench also asked the state government and the GHMC to ensure that only natural colours were used in the making of idols.