On Sunday, September 12, 2021, Hyderabadâ€™s Tank Bund road will be converted into a centre of art and cultural activity with laser shows, food stalls, entertainment activities for children and more. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), in recent months, had revamped the Tank Bund road, and introduced a traffic-free Sunday on August 30. The government aims to develop the Hussain Sagar lakefront as a space for citizens to unwind and spend their leisure time, especially in the evenings.
Based on instructions from the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Minister KT Rama Rao, the HMDA is making a slew of arrangements for Sundayâ€™s event, which has been dubbed â€˜Sunday Fundayâ€™. According to the HDMA, spacious footpaths, seating arrangements, decorative lighting and greenery have been arranged for Sunday.
In the meantime, immersion of Ganesh idols on Tank Bund road will be permitted only after 10 pm on Sunday.
As part of the â€˜Fundayâ€™, the HMDA has arranged for the coveted Ceremonial Bagpiper Band of the Indian Army, AOC Secunderabad to perform live at the location. This will be followed by performances from local artists. Traditional folk artists will also be displaying their talent for the visitors. Professional clown artists, jugglers, cyclists, etc have been roped in to showcase their acts for children. A laser show is also being planned for the crowdâ€™s entertainment.
Dedicated stalls have been allotted to the handicraft artisans from Shilparamam to sell their products. Stalls selling Telangana Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society (TSCO) handloom products, as well as other eco-friendly and handicraft products will also be present. Apart from these, the Urban Forestry wing of the HMDA will be distributing free saplings to all the visitors.
Along with music, shopping and a range of other activities, a number of food trucks will be parked along Tank Bund road. The HDMA is also arranging for mobile toilet facilities and ambulances for emergencies.
The arrangements have been made in such a way that the main road remains clear for visitors to walk freely.
Ganesh idol immersions
Immersion of Ganesh idols on Tank Bund road will be permitted after 10 pm, and only on September 12. Processions can only approach Tank Bund road from the Sailing Club/ Marriott hotel route. Any immersion before 10 pm is not permissible on Tank Bund road and should be done on NTR Marg or towards Peopleâ€™s Plaza side on PVNR Marg, the HDMA has said.
All immersions shall be in accordance with directives issued by the Telangana High Court, which state that idols made of Plaster of Paris cannot be immersed in the Hussain Sagar Lake, the HDMA said in a statement.