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Symbolic visarjan for idols made of non-biodegradable materials

Source: The Hindu, Date: , 2015

This Ganesh Chaturthi, authorities made it sure that no idol made of plaster of Paris or other non-biodegradable substance were immersed in the Yamuna. On the Yamuna ghat in East Delhi, devotees with idols not meeting environment-friendly standards were allowed to do a symbolic immersion and then asked to deposit the idols at a designated place on the banks. The same was the case at Yamuna ghats in Central, North-East and South-East Delhi. District Magistrate (East Delhi) Kunal said no idols made of non-biodegradable substances were immersed in the river in his jurisdiction. “We implemented the National Green Tribunal orders in full. The results were 100 per cent. Neither idols, nor any puja material harmful for the environment was allowed to be immersed in the Yamuna,” he said. Boatmen and civil defence volunteers were in position to keep a watch on hectic immersion activities at the ghats.

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