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NGO urges pollution control board to ensure idols are eco-friendly

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, July 24, 2013
First Published: 11:29 IST(24/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:31 IST(24/7/2013)

Ahead of the festival season, especially the Ganeshotsava and Durgotsava, NGO Prayatna, which works for environment protection, has urged the MP Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) to take urgent steps to prevent making of idols that pollute water bodies.

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In a letter to the chair of the board NP Shukla, the secretary of Prayatna Ajay Dubey said that well ahead of festival season, the organisation always stresses on counselling idol makers to make eco-friendly idols to prevent water pollution.

Dubey said that the board, however, has failed to take any concrete action. Even this year, nowhere in MP, idol makers are adopting environment-friendly practices, the letter adds.

It is ironical that the MPPCB cautions citizens at the time of immersion, which is too late, to protect water bodies from pollution, the letter adds.

Prayatna urged MPPCB to ensure that idols are made of eco- friendly material as described in the scriptures and avoid the use of toxic and nonbiodegradable chemical dyes for painting idols.

The organisation has also urged the board to take steps according to CPCB guidelines.
The most important among the guidelines are creation of specific immersion sites, cut off from the main water body, materials such as flowers, garlands, paper, decorative materials on idols and prasad should not be immersed but collected separately and disposed of, there should be minimum use of plaster of Paris, synthetic dyes or paints.

MLA Sabalgarh constituency Suresh Choudhary whose son was arrested by TT Nagar police on Sunday night on charges of molesting and beating a woman sees political conspiracy behind the police action.

The MLA said his son was implicated under false charges as he and his son often objected to the conduct of the complainant and several other women.

The women often assembled in the vicinity of his bungalow at MLA quarters and indulged in objectionable activities, Choudhary added. He said the police also took a share of the women’s earnings and booked his son under false charges.


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