Idol immersions after Durga Puja leave Subarnarekha, Kharkai Polluted yet again


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Jamshedpur, 14th October-2016 :


As Durga Puja and Dussehra festivities concluded on Tuesday, October 11, rivers and lakes once again became more polluted following immersion of idols worshipped in puja pandals across the steel city and nearby areas.The guidelines formulated by the Central and state pollution control boards (CPCB and SPCBs) went largely unheeded in spite of some efforts by municipal bodies and police to curtail the practice.Immersion of idols of Goddess Durga and others in the Subarnarekha and Kharkai Rivers on the Vijay Dashami day has increased the pollution level in the already contaminated rivers in Jamshedpur.

A visit to the banks of Subarnarekha and Kharkai Rivers revealed the kind of waste and filth spilled all over, as the river ghats bore the brunt of the deluge of garbage, puja materials and idols.The Subernarekha Ghat in Sakchi saw immersion of 150 Durga idols while total 306 idols were immersed on Tuesday.Environmentalists and river experts have been campaigning against these idol immersions for over a decade now. Every year, after Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja and Kali Puja, the biological oxygen demand (BOD) levels in rivers increase dramatically.Traditionally, the idols were made of mud and painted with natural colours. But now many are made using plaster of Paris (PoP) and coated with harmful paints containing heavy metals, all of which end up in the rivers on Dussehra day.






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Sneha Sharma ,Intern Editor at Tatanagar Live, B.A (Journalism) Garden City College Bangalore.(pursuing).