Struggling to dispose of Ganesh idols that dont get dissolved in water,the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has urged citizens to get idols made of sand instead of Plaster of Paris or any other material.
To ensure that Ganesh festival ends on a good note,we need to take steps at the beginning. Every year,there is controversy regarding Ganesh idols not being handled properly during immersions, said Mayor Vaishali Bankar.
Therefore,she said,it was neccessary to take care in the beginning. Citizens should only go for eco-friendly idols made of sand during the festival. This will help us get rid of the problem that leads to controversy.
During the festival,idols are installed not just at mandals,but also at homes. Thus,a huge number of Ganesh idols are immersed in water bodies across the city, said a civic official.
The irrigation department has been urged to release water in river and canals on the immersion day so that idols get dissolved faster,he said. The problem arises when the idols that dont get dissolved in water appear in a bad state after the water flow in the river is stopped. Then it becomes difficult for the civic administration to dispose them of.
Various religious groups protest against the civic administration for hurting the sentiments of citizens by not disposing of the idols properly,he said.
The civic body also faces criticism if the idols are taken at a processing plant or some other place,the officer said.
The PMC has constructed tanks in various parts of the city and also provided facility of tin water tanks for citizens to immerse idols,thus helping in preventing water pollution as then people do not necessarily have to go to river or canal,he said,adding,all undissolved idols from these places have to be shifted to some other place.