VISAKHAPATNAM: Restrictions have been imposed on the movement of vehicular traffic for Ganesh idol procession and immersion at RK Beach in the city till September 8. The Ganesh idol procession will be allowed from Siripuram junction to the immersion point at RK Beach via CR Reddy Square, Park Hotel Junction, Viswapriya and Function Hall. People residing near the Beach Road have been advised to take alternative routes to avoid traffic jams from 4 pm to midnight during these days.
In a release, ADCP (traffic) K Mahendra Patrudu said that the movement of vehicles carrying Ganesh idols is made unidirectional and they should have valid fitness certificate from the transport authorities. For Ganesh idols from One Town and Two Town areas, the procession will be allowed via AVN College, Collectorate, Naval Coast Battery, NTR Statue and RK Beach. After idols are taken out of the vehicles for immersion, the vehicles will not be allowed to be parked on the RK Beach Road. They have to immediately proceed towards the parking lots of APIIC and the book exhibition spots and also at Harbour Park road. The immersion of idols should be completed by 11 pm. Devotees will not be allowed to enter the sea and the life guards (community guards) appointed by GVMC would immerse the Ganesh idols.
The organisers should obtain route permission from the traffic police concerned for the immersion procession and an electrician should accompany the procession vehicle along with generator to avoid short circuits. The devotees participating in the procession are prohibited from alcohol consumption. No cultural programme or the orchestra will be allowed.