Puja committees across Delhi seem to have gone all out to ensure that the idols of goddess Durga are made using eco-friendly materials. This follows a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order that prohibits immersion of the idols made using non-biodegradable materials – because they further pollute an already polluted Yamuna.
Those organising Durga Pujas here say they are aware of the NGT fiat.
“Our idols have been prepared using natural colours. We are using products which do not cause any harm to the environment,” Shekher Guha, Secretary of Delhi’s C.R. Park Mela Ground Durga Puja Committee in south Delhi, told.
Guha’s team organises one of the biggest – and perhaps most crowded – Durga Pujas in the capital, the main reason being C.R. Park is dominantly populated by Bengalis.
Puja committees have restrained the idol makers from using chemicals, paints, glitters and plastics which don’t get dissolved in the water body, he said.
The NGT had in September banned immersion of idols made from non-biodegradable material like quick-setting gypsum plaster, also known as Plaster of Paris, or plastic in the Yamuna river.
“Immersion should be allowed only of (idols) made from biodegradable material and not plastic/Plaster of Paris. Only those colours should be used on the idols which are environment- friendly,” the NGT had said.
Guha said the idol markers had embraced the idea of a “pollution-free puja”.