To protect the natural habitat of water bodies from getting polluted due to the immersion of Ganesh idols, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has drawn an eco-friendly plan to immerse the idols outside the city, and has urged citizens not to immerse the idols in city lakes.
The corporation has made arrangements for collecting the idols from 55 points in the city including all 19 zonal offices of IMC, Krishnapura Chhatri, Sirpur lake, Bilawali lake, Yeshwant Sagar, IMC headquarters.
The civic body has put water tanks at these places where people can perform symbolic immersion on the banks of the lakes around the city.
A few NGOs and city youth have also joined the movement to protect the water bodies from getting polluted. A group is collecting idols near Lasudia Mori lake.
City mayor Malini Gaud said that at the designated places, a platform has been made with a water tank, wherein people can perform puja to carry out symbolic immersion and leave the idols there.
Thereafter the civic body will collect the idols for mass immersion at Jawahar Tekadi on Monday.
The corporation and district administration has been making efforts to curb production and sale of idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP), and encouraged in celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in an eco-friendly manner.
Gaud said that the idols will be collected from different parts of the city and that rituals will be performed before immersing the idols in a water body in Jawahar Tekadi on Dhar Road.
She also urged people not to immerse puja materials, plastic, food items, decorative material and flowers in the lakes as it would lead to the contamination of water, which would be dangerous for aquatic life forms.
District collector P Narahari has declared local holiday on Monday owing to long duty hours.
Administrative and police personnel were deployed to maintain law and order in view of Anant Chaturdashi procession from 4.30 pm on Sunday. They remained on duty till tableaux returned to their premises at 4 am on Monday.