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Uttar Pradesh goes for ‘ideal’ immersion

In pursuance of the Allahabad high court order banning immersion of idols in the Ganga, the Yamuna or their tributaries during the Dussehra festival, the state government has made alternative arrangements for immersion of idols in ponds and water bodies in various districts.

lucknow Updated: Oct 22, 2015 16:57 IST
HT Correspondent

In pursuance of the Allahabad high court order banning immersion of idols in the Ganga, the Yamuna or their tributaries during the Dussehra festival, the state government has made alternative arrangements for immersion of idols in ponds and water bodies in various districts.

Directives to this effect have been issued to all district magistrates and superintendents of police. Recently, there was a tussle between seers and the district administration over idol immersion in the Ganga during Ganesh Chaturthi in Varanasi last month.

A copy of the court order has been dispatched to the DMs and the district police chiefs by chief secretary Alok Ranjan.

The court had directed the administration to create temporary ponds for the immersion of idols. This guideline was issued to protect the rivers from pollution.

A senior state government officer said the bench of chief justice DY Chandrachud and justice Dilip Gupta had set guidelines for making of the idols and their immersion. The order to this effect was passed by the court on September 19 last year. Instead of baked clay and plaster of Paris, the court had ordered use of natural materials as described in the scriptures, to mould idols.

The use of chemical paints was discouraged and the sculptors were told to use water soluble and non-toxic natural dyes. Hence, devotees have been told to remove flowers, clothes and decorative material before immersing the idols in ponds. Administrative officials have been directed to educate the people on the ill-effects of idol immersion in water bodies.

The points designated for the immersion of idols will be cordoned off and barricaded. Temporary ponds will be constructed near the river bank for the immersion. The local bodies have been directed to collect the left over material within 24 hours of immersion.

The state government has been also told to implement the guidelines prepared by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The district administration has been directed to send the report to the state government.

In various districts, the administration has taken the initiative to check immersion of idols in Ganga, Yamuna and their tributaries.