While committee members requested for a DJ, Old City locals are unhappy with the civic preparedness for Bonalu
The Golconda Bonalu, the first of the month-long annual Bonalu festivities began on a colourful note at the Sri Jagdamba Mahankali temple.
But much before the festival began in the Old City a clash of views between the organisers and the Old City police began.
Shri Akkanna Madanna Mahankali Mandiram members and youth organisers had requested for permission from the Old City police to get disc jockeys (DJs).
“We sought police permission to get a DJ to play music during the festival. During the procession the DJs play songs to which the participating youth can dance and enjoy the festivities,” said G Niranjan, president of Shri Akkanna Madanna Mahankali Mandiram Committee.
However, the City police commissioner Anurag Sharma, advised the committee members to carry on as before, with traditional musical instruments like drums.
He also requested the organisers to not start the procession from or near Mecca Masjid during the namaz timings.
The members assured the police department that there would be no trouble from their side and they would not disrespect any other community.
As many as 1,000 small and large scale processions are taken out during the month long festival from different parts of the City.
Meanwhile the locals from the area are not so happy with the State government’s preparation in the Old City.
“We are already facing scarcity of water from a long time and now the festival is here but yet there is no facility of round-the-clock water supply by the authorities. The authorities are not doing much to ensure a snag-free celebration of the festival,” said Laxman Rao, resident of Old City.
The residents have requested the government to ensure round-the-clock water and power supply on July 15 and 16.
“It’s sad to see that the various government departments have failed to take up the listed development works around the temple. The officials of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB), Central Discom and Roads and Buildings department have not yet taken up the work of repairing bad roads, clearing garbage, providing street lights, providing regular water supply and power cuts in the area,” he adds.
Jai Mathaji Bhajan Chowki, Shakambari Alankara Puja, Laksha Kumkumarchana, Thottela Uregimpu, Chandi Havanam and an exhibition on Bonalu are some of the events that have been lined up for the 10-day festival in the Old City.
The Bonalu festivities at the Akkana Madanna Mahankali Temple in Old City will commence on Friday, July 6 and continue till Monday, July 16.