As part of the district administration’s initiative to impose a total ban on the making and sale of Ganesh idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival this year, it has been made mandatory for idol-makers to get certified as eco-friendly idol-makers by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB).
A release from KSPCB environmental officer Vijaykumar T. Kadakbhavi stated that Idols made from PoP have been proved harmful for the environment, especially to natural water bodies where the idols are immersed after worship.
Along with PoP, chemical colours used too would pollute water posing a threat to aquatics. Therefore, a ban has been imposed on immersing idols made of PoP and coloured using chemically-made paints in rivers, canals, tanks, wells and other such water bodies. This ban has been imposed under the provisions of the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act 1974 of the KSPCB. The Acts also have provisions for imposing penalty and imprisonment for violations, he said.
The decision to strictly implement this Act this time in the district and impose a total ban on the idols made of PoP and coloured using chemical paints was taken at a meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner S.B. Bommanahalli and attended by senior officials of the departments concerned and representatives of Ganesh idol-makers and Ganesh Mahamandalas here recently.
Accordingly, steps have been initiated to ensure the implementation of the decision taken at the meeting. The representatives of idol-makers and the organisers of the Ganesh pandals have been apprised of the need for imposing the total ban on making, selling and using PoP idols containing chemical paints.
Along with banning PoP idols, the district administration has taken steps to identify and encourage makers of eco-friendly idols for the Ganesh festival. Therefore, KSPCB has asked idol-makers to get certification from KSPCB. Applications for certification have to be submitted to the KSPCB office located at Plot No 4, Industrial Estate, Lakkamanahalli, Rayapur, Dharwad, Mr. Kadakbhavi said.
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