Hundreds of Durga idols will be immersed in the Yamuna River on Thursday. And like every year in the past the river will quietly carry away the remains, leaving the Capital with tonnes of plastic, wood and plaster of paris.
The 22-kilometre stretch starting at the Wazirabad and Okhla barrages will be packed with people walking and dancing along with the idols headed for the river. It’s a somber occasion, like every year.
Most idols would be tipped into the river from the banks itself, which will be dangerously slippery. Others would be taken in boats into the river and then gently lowered into the water midstream.
These will get a swift exit out of the city. But the idols immersed close to the bank will come back soon after and wash up ashore. By then the people in the immersion party would be long gone.
The Delhi pollution control board officials said they have been in touch with the Puja committees already apprising them about pollution issue.
The board’s member secretary Anil Kumar said, “We have been apprising major puja committees through meetings for use of eco-friendly idols and natural/organic colours. I am sure, many of them will comply.”
“We have also tied up with two or three NGOs to separate flowers and other such things from the idols meant for immersion,” he added.
Will it work? The pollution control board officials are hoping it would. In another development, an environment activist Vinod Kumar Jain has alleged the civic bodies are yet to implement a 2006 high court order the immersion of idols in the river.