Durga Puja celebration is at it’s full swing! Streets are enlightened, pandals are beautifully decorated and Goddess Durga Maa idol standing in all the glory is adorned with fresh flowers. It’s the perfect time of the year when winters are embarking and spreading a never ending festive vibes!
As soon as the last day of Durga Puja (Dushami) arrives- thousands of Goddess Durga Maa idols are immersed by the devotees in the Ganga River. Even though this practice is the ritual followed from past years and has religion sentiments attached to it, we cannot deny the fact that idol immersion is one of the major causes of water pollution, therefore, a big-time harm we are doing to our nature and with upcoming generation in front of our own eyes. Fortunately, the government has finally taken a crucial step towards curbing down the water pollution during this Durga Puja season.
As per a latest report, Central Government has now issued a 15-point directive according to which idol immersion in River Ganga or any of its stream is completely prohibited. The government has restricted an access to the ghats by barricading the area under the surveillance of police officials. If any violator is found to cross the barricading or violators of this directive will be obligatory to pay fine of worth Rs. 50,000.
This order has been issued by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to chief secretaries of 11 states which include Uttarakhand, Bihar, UP, West Bengal, Delhi, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Haryana.
The directive has been issued under “Section 5” of “The Environment (Protection) Act”, which states that arrangements must only be made for “designated idol-immersion sites”. Also, the government has asked to construct “temporary confined ponds with removable synthetic liners at the bottom”.
State governments has been asked to ensure that “there should not be any use of synthetic material or non- biodegradable material, (POP) plaster of Paris, resin fibers, baked clay, and thermocol for making of idols.” In addition to this, use of non-biodegradable toxic chemical dyes and synthetic colors are strictly asked to be forbidden from its use.
In order to bring a change to the climatic crisis faced by the world, a step to fight it back is essential! This initiative taken by the Central Government was prolonged overdue. Hope the step taken will be successful to curb water pollution at a significant degree. While keeping the sentiments attached with this idol immersion ritual, one can also opt for eco-friendly idols that can be immersed at home itself.