The Bombay High Court on Friday said there was a need to create awareness about using eco-friendly material to make idols for Ganesh Chaturthi.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation seeking framing of regulations for idol immersion.
Pointing out that the PIL had been filed on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi, the court said any directions at this stage would take time to implement. The matter will be taken up for hearing after the festival.
The PIL filed by Saakshat Shashank Relekar, who is a law student, states that the present guidelines are not sufficient and the government should make proper arrangements to enable devotees to immerse the idols in deep sea.
“The idols lying on the shoreline due to insufficient facilities tend to get stamped by the feet of the people who are immersing their idols. This is a grave insult as the idols are left in broken condition hurting the religious sentiments of people,” reads the petition.
The petition seeks for directions to the government to frame appropriate guidelines for immersion of “Lord Ganesha idols” and for providing proper boats and other facilities to ensure immersion in the deep end of the sea.