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Despite heavy rain lashing Basar and neighbouring areas since last night, three lakh people took a holy dip and had darshan of goddess Saraswati. Since early morning, there was heavy rush of vehicles into Basar from the Nizamabad side. Though there was no let-up in rain, the pilgrims continued to flood the temple town.
Even as it was raining heavily, the pilgrims continued to throng the two bathing ghats and waited for their turn to take a holy dip. Many pilgrims were completely drenched and did not bother to change their clothes and instead headed for the temple. The heavy rain disrupted normal life in Basar area. The red soil on both sides of the BT road made it impossible for the vehicles to move freely.
There was a traffic jam for about seven km between Fakrabad and Yamcha bridge on the Nizamabad side and several hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the main road leading to Basar due to insufficient parking place. The district police, who had identified five parking lots for the private vehicles, were in a tight position as the black cotton soil at some parking bays made it difficult for the vehicles to enter it. Some vehicles which entered the parking bay got stuck.
Some approach roads around the parking lots were washed away in the heavy rain causing hardships. The police however, managed to regulate traffic and directed the vehicles to the parking lots. The Superintendent of Police, Mahesh Muralidhar Bhagwat, said that barring the slow movement of vehicles inside the temple town there was no problem. All vehicles going out of Basar had been diverted via Nirmal towards Hyderabad, he said adding that there was some dislocation traffic on the Nizamabad side.
The Minister for Minor Irrigation, K.E. Prabhakar, and his family members took a holy dip at the first ghat. The Minister after taking a holy dip was escorted into the Gnana Saraswati temple with full temple honours.
Meanwhile, the temple authorities in a statements issued today said that the total income of the Gnana Saraswati Devasthanam from the sale of special darshan tickets, prasadam and other services stood at Rs. 47.95 lakhs. The proceeds from sale of special darshan tickets alone amounted to Rs. 29.18 lakhs followed by sale of prasadam at Rs. 13.22 lakhs.
Traffic disrupted as river overflows
Since 7 a.m, today vehicles were stranded on the Adilabad side and within no time hundreds of vehicles came to a screeching halt. There was no other diversion and motorists had to wait for the floods to recede. It was only around 5 p.m. that the river receded and enabled resumption of vehicular traffic.
Vehicular traffic was thrown out of gear between Adilabad and Nirmal towns. The police swung into action and alerted motorists going towards Adilabad from the Nirmal side about the river in spate. Several vehicles were halted on the Nirmal side of the Lakhanpur river. Due to the disruption hundreds of Pushkaram pilgrims from Adilabad were stuck in the traffic snarl.
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