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For god's sake, avoid PoP idol worship

DNBAN48006 | 9/28/2011 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :243



Due to contamination of lake water because of immersion of Ganesha idols, members of the solid waste management round-table (SWMRT) inspected the Sankey Tank recently and have recommended to the state government to prevent such incidents in the future.
SWMRT member NS Ramakanth said the water has turned black and the lake stinks. "Since the BBMP is pumping thousands of litres of polluted water to the nearest seepage chambers with two pumps, the polluted water finally flows into Vrishabhavathi Valley and is reused as water supply for Bangalore," he said.
Even 16 days after Ganesh Chaturthi, Plaster of Paris (PoP) idols have not disintegrated in the water. "They have already transported truck loads of PoP Ganesha idols," he said.
Ramakanth said a similar situation may prevail in Ulsoor, Yediyur, and Hebbal lakes.
The SWMRT has recommended a campaign to inform people about the havoc PoP idols creates in lakes. Education tours for schools and colleges must be held so that students can witness the damage caused by Ganesha idol immersion. Similarly, civil defence and NGO volunteers can help monitor lakesides when immersions are conducted.
"At least 100 families were convinced to use clay idols and immerse them in the house", he said.
The BBMP and KSPCB should exert pressure on the government to ban the manufacture of PoP Ganeshas. "We should take a cue from West Bengal, where the government has enforced the use of clay idols during Durga festival," said Ramakanth.

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