Only biodegradable idols to be immersed in Yamuna

“Only those colours should be used on idols which are environment–friendly,” the NGT bench headed by chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:September 17, 2015 4:25 am
Yamuna, Yamuna aarti, Yamuna clean up, Yamuna aarti agra, Yamuna pollution, Agra locals, Agra locals Yamuna aarti, Yamuna Taj Mahal, Allahabad High Court, India latest news The NGT also directed that no commercial/construction activity except floriculture and silviculture would be allowed by any of the authorities in the flood plain area to prevent pollution of Yamuna river. (Source: Express photo)

With Ganesh Chaturthi this week and Durga Puja approaching, National Green Tribunal Wednesday directed that idol immersion would be allowed “only of the ones which are made from biodegradable material and not plastic/Plaster of Paris”. “Only those colours should be used on idols which are environment–friendly,” the NGT bench headed by chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

During a hearing on a batch of cases on cleaning of Yamuna river, the bench also asked the irrigation departments of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to consider what could be done to ensure immersed idols and puja material did not flow into the river untreated.

The NGT also directed that no commercial/construction activity except floriculture and silviculture would be allowed by any of the authorities in the flood plain area to prevent pollution of Yamuna river.

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