Controversy over tilting of Gajuwaka Ganesh


VISAKHAPATNAM: Incessant rains over the previous two days have reportedly led to tilting of the large 89-feet Ganesh idol established in previous Gajuwaka of Visakhapatnam. Hundreds of devotees, together with many from surrounding villages, have been visiting this idol for the reason that pageant started.

Perceiving potential risk to devotees, Gajuwaka police reached the spot on Saturday morning with engineers of Roads and Buildings. They discovered the large statue tilting to the left by a couple of foot as additionally cracks within the tummy and trunk areas. It’s suspected the lean has come about as size of casuarina scaffolding posts supporting the idol is lesser on this facet.

“I personally have discovered the body supporting the idol tilting to the left. As it’s persevering with to rain, I’ve suggested the organisers to finish nimajjanam of the idol on the earliest,” space circle inspector Ok. Srinivasa Rao informed Deccan Chronicle. R&B engineers too gave the same suggestion to keep away from any untoward incident.

We made some preparations by utilizing winch ropes and urged the organisers to erect statue subsequent yr within the presence of engineers,’’ government engineer of R and B Ch. Ramesh informed this correspondent

Nonetheless, SV Entertainers chairman Ok. Ganesh Kumar, who has been organising the Ganesh fete in Gajuwaka for the previous 11 years, maintained that the idol will not be tilting. “Since we requested permission to maintain the idol until September 18 however rains have began, police consulted R&B engineers and requested us to conduct instant nimajjanam,” Ganesh stated.

“I’ve not discovered the idol tilting or with any cracks,” stated Kolli Siva Prasad, a vendor of edible oils within the industrial belt of Gajuwaka.

As a precautionary measure, Gajuwaka police have, in an official letter, informed organisers to not permit any devotees inside 100 toes of the statue from any facet. They’ve urged that cranes and ropes be deployed to stop the idol from additional tilting due to the rains.

Police have gone on to warn the organisers that if they don’t observe the recommendation given to them by R&B engineers, the organisers shall be held liable for any untoward developments that will happen.

It’s said that although organisers are eager on having the statue in situ until September 18, they may carry out the nimajjanam on Sunday afternoon with the assistance of fireside tenders.

Within the interim, members of the Utsav committee informed reporters that sure components are spreading rumours in regards to the tilting of the large idol.



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