Pop Ganesha idols make their way into state from Maharashtra
Paying no heed to the ban announced by the National Green Tribunal and Karnataka Sate Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Ganesha idols made of Plaster of Paris (Pop), many businessmen have started bringing such items into Belagavi from Maharashtra.
The district authorities held a series of meetings in the past one year with makers of the idols. KSPCB officials and representatives of local bodies met idol makers on the implementation of the ban on Pop Ganesha idols under Section 33(A) of the water Pollution Prevention and Control Act-1974.
Although this ban was mandatory earlier as well, the authorities failed to enforce it due to public sentiment.
However, the authorities warned idol makers no to use Pop and colors made of harmful chemicals, while making Ganesha idols third year.
Following the orders, artists started making eco-friendly clay idols. But some traders, who wanted to make quick many, started getting PP idols from Maharashtra, to sell them on the day of Ganesha Chaturthi. Some traders are conning devotees, saying they have clay idols, when devotees book idols in advance, but selling them Pop idols instead, said sources.
Courtesy: Times of India