Bengaluru, Oct 3: Despite of a ban imposed by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board on Plaster of Paris (PoP) Ganesha idols, nearly 1.50 lakh such “banned gods” have been immersed in various lakes across Bengaluru city during recent Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
Officials of the KSPCB said that over one third of the Ganesha idols immersed in the city's lakes this time are PoP idols. Over 2.65 lakh mud idols of Ganesha also have been immersed in those lakes.
Earlier KSPCB Chairman Lakshman revealed that there were around 50,000 PoP idols in the market in different parts of Karnataka including 35,000 in Bengaluru alone this time. According to manufacturers, the idols sold in the market were old stock and they have sought permission to clear them this year.
The KSPCB has banned the use and immersion of PoP idols in water bodies. The action followed a notification issued by the National Green Tribunal in 2013. The NGT?had ordered pollution control boards to conduct a study on pollution caused due to immersion of PoP and coloured idols and ban them under Section 33 of The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution)?Act, 1974.
1.5 lakh PoP gods', 2.65 lakh mud gods' immersed in Bengaluru lakes this year