Ecological guidelines for the immersion of idols for the next year

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday launched detailed guidelines to celebrate religious holidays in an environmentally friendly way next year.

On September 24, the Free Press Journal reported that the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) urged the BMC to keep water bodies pollution-free during celebrations that call for the dumping of idols. The BMC already has an existing policy for the protection of water bodies. Following the CPCB proposal, the administration announced that it would modify some of the existing guidelines.

On Friday, a joint meeting of BMC and members of several committees related to Ganeshotsav and Navaratri was held. During the meeting, it was decided that starting next year, idols made only of clay will be submerged in bodies of water by the devotees. It was also decided that the decoration work should be done with natural leaves and flowers and that no artificial material should be used.

“We are working to reframe some of the existing policies. We have established brief guidelines for associations and other agencies, following which they will be implemented across the city ahead of next year’s festival season,” said a senior BMC official.

It was also decided on Friday that sculptors making idols during Ganeshotsav and Navaratri should be registered so that the materials they use can be checked.

“We are also working to encourage the Mumbaikars to immerse idols in their premises. The authorization for dumping at sea will not be allowed beyond the tide lines regulated by the MCZMA,” the official said.

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Posted: Saturday October 02, 2021 6:57 AM IST

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