To encourage citizens to immerse Ganesh idols in water collected in buckets and drums at their residences and societies, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will distribute two kilograms of ammonium bicarbo-nate to each family.
The civic body, along with various environment groups, have been urging citizens to avoid immersing Ganesh idols in water bodies citing pollution. Thus, the practise of immersing idols in buckets or drums have been picking up among citizens, but there were complaints of the idols not getting dissolved.
“The PMC will conduct a demonstration of the use of ammonium bicarbonate for dissolving idols in buckets and drums. It will be organised at Balgandharva Rangmandir on Wednesday at 10 am. The idols will get dissolved in 48 hours,” said Mayor Prashant Jagtap after reviewing the PMC’s preparation for the Ganesh festival starting September 5.
Jagtap said the PMC would procure 10 tonnes of ammonium bicarbonate and 2-kg packets would be given to families interested in carrying out the immersion in their premises instead of water bodies.
The mayor directed the civic administration to ensure sufficient number of mobile toilets across the city which are cleaned on a daily basis. The paid service of public toilets across the city should be made free during the festival season, he directed.
Jagtap also directed the civic administration to take efforts to keep the city clean and hygienic with all possible precautionary measures to check the spread of infections. The city should be pothole-free and sufficient water should be supplied, Jagtap said, adding that safety measures at the water bodies should be in place for citizens.