ADILABAD:As July 14, marking the commencement of the first Godavari Pushkarams in the new state of Telangana, is fast approaching, the authorities are apprehensive of the success of the event as the Godavari waters are yet to enter the state.
The state government is at the mercy of the neighbouring Maharashtra for release of Godavari waters. Though some Telangana districts like Karimnagar received huge inflows from lakes and ponds within the state, Adilabad did not receive heavy rains.
Alarmed by the situation, the state government sent a letter to the Maharashtra government asking it to release water from Bhabhali project from July 1 for conducting Pushkarams. It is yet to be known whether Maharashtra concedes or not. Meanwhile, the district administration is arranging bathing ghats at 27 locations. In 2003 Pushkarams, an estimated 74.25 lakh devotees took the holy dip in the Godavari at 10 locations in the district. This time, authorities are expecting 1.10 crore turnout.
At Basara alone, the authorities are expecting two lakh devotees. The Godavari river ghat is one km away from the temple. However, works on the bathing ghats, roads, drianage, lighting and temporary bathrooms are yet to be completed.
Special Officer Adhar Sinha, who is visiting the district regularly to inspect the works, said they would complete the works before July 5. Villagers of Basara alleged the works are progressing at a slow pace right from the beginning. They said the four-lane works from Nirmal to Basara railway station are also getting delayed due to non-completion of culvert works.
Officials, who are inspecting the works in Basara, admitted that it might take two more weeks for the completion of bathing ghats. Speaking to Express, Basara temple Executive Officer A V Ramana Murthy said in 2003 Pushkarams, 80,000 devotees visited the temple.
“This time, we are expecting two lakh pilgrims,’’ he said adding they are making arrangements for distribution of adequate laddu prasadam. Meanwhile, Endowments minister A Indrakaran Reddy in a press meet exuded confidence that the works will be completed on time.
The government is spending Rs 600 crore for the Pushkarams.