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HC asks state for report on idol immersion

The water pollution due to idol immersion has once again come to the fore. HT reports.

mumbai Updated: Jun 07, 2011 01:18 IST
HT Correspondent

The water pollution due to idol immersion has once again come to the fore.

The Bombay high court on Monday sought a report from the state government on the action taken as ordered by the court in July 2008. The court had then asked the state government to frame and implement guidelines for preventing water pollution caused due to idol immersion in water bodies across the city.

The court on Monday rapped the state for not taking any action as per the order. A division bench comprising chief justice Mohit Shah and justice Girish Godbole gave the state government six weeks to submit a report on the action taken. The directive came after a petition filed by a city-based NGO — Janhit Manch — alleging the state government had failed to comply with its July 2008 order.

In 2005, the NGO had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking restraint on idol immersion in water bodies in the city and measures to prevent water pollution.

Acting on the PIL, a division bench had issued certain directives to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), asking it to frame guidelines for preventing pollution caused due to immersion of idols.

Petitioner’s counsel Bhagwanji Rahiyani said the CPCB has already framed guidelines but the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has not adhered to them. He urged the need for framing rules to control use of pollution-causing material at the time of making idols itself. The CPCB had suggested the idols be made from natural materials, preferably traditional clay instead of baked clay and plaster of paris.

Counsel for MPCB submitted that only public-private participation can help check material for making idols. He said rules were framed for reducing pollution of water bodies, and artificial ponds were constructed for idol immersions.

Rahiyani said the state government had failed to act against those found guilty of causing water pollution due to idol immersion.