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The tradition of immersing idols may soon be ripped off puja celebrations with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) taking cognizance of an application by environment activist Subhas Datta, seeking a ban on this ‘method’. Datta refuses to call idol immersion a ‘ritual’.

In his application, the activist claimed that the ‘ritual part of immersion’ is completed at the place of worship itself. According to him, immersion processions and the ‘throwing’ of idols into rivers have now become superfluous, gorgeous, colourful, competitive and polluting, which aren’t backed by religious necessity.

Despite all the hue and cry about eco-friendly idol immersions, especially during the last two years, the people and municipal corporation have failed to save their lakes.

Even as Durga Puja brings with it happiness, joy and celebrations, it also causes great environmental concerns to the enlightened citizens of the city as immersion of hundreds of idols in the Ganga

Durga Puja concluded on Monday with samitis across NCR immersing their idols in the Yamuna.

People who gathered on the Yamuna banks for idol immersion were pleasantly surprised by a cleaner river. The white foam caused by industrial effluents was nowhere to be seen.

Allahabad High Court relaxed the ban on immersion of Goddess Durga idols only for this year in the rivers Ganga and Yamuna and permitted the district administration to carry out programme of routes for immersion of idols for different Barwaries and ensure that immersion may take place at new site as well as at old site. Read text of the court order dated 12 Oct 2013.

Allahabad High Court refused to relax the ban on immersion of Goddess Durga idols in the rivers Ganga and Yamuna. Read text of this court order issued on 11 October 2013. http://admin.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/admin/content

मूर्ति विसर्जन से यमुना में होने वाले प्रदूषण को लेकर सरकार कभी भी सचेत नहीं रही। यहां तक कि सरकार ने उच्च न्यायालय व सर्वोच्च न्यायालय के आदेशों का भी पालन नहीं किया। अदालतों के गुस्से से बचने के

According to the recent reports of Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), the delayed monsoon showers had increased the pollution in Ganga and the situation would be more grim in winter.

The report presented by the UP Pollution Control Board is enough to give a second thought to the idea of immersing Durga idols in water. As per the report, water at the point from which Ganga is entering in the city, that is Bithoor, is comparatively clear but the river gets polluted further. Jajmau, the last stop of Ganga is most polluted.

The Allahabad High Court would hear the application filed by Bengali Welfare Association on October 11.