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No Idol Immersion in Yamuna River After Durga Puja Else Fine of Rs 50,000: Delhi Anti-Pollution Body

The immersion is banned at public places including the Yamuna River or any other water body, ponds or ghats.

The immersion of idols marks the end of the festival that commemorates the slaying of a demon king by lion-riding, 10-armed goddess Durga, marking the triumph of good over evil. (AP/ PTI File)

New Delhi: Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on Wednesday took a stern view on the rising pollution in river Yamuna and issued an order prohibiting people from immersing idols after Durga Puja to curb water pollution.

The latest order prohibits idol immersion and any violation in the form of idol immersion at public places can attract a fine of Rs 50,000.

The immersion is banned at public places including the Yamuna River or any other water body, ponds or ghats, it added.

The Delhi pollution body directed the general public, Residents’ Welfare Associations (RWAs), and Pooja Samitis that the idol immersion ritual may be performed within the home premises in a bucket or a container.

The anti-pollution body also said that worship material like flowers, decorating material (made of paper), etc. should be removed before immersion of idols and must be collected separately for safe disposal or in an environmental safe handing over to the door to door waste collection vehicle.

The Committee also directed municipal authorities and Delhi Police to ensure strict checks on the entry of vehicles or goods carriers entering into the national capital carrying prohibited idols as its cargo.

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in 2019 had prohibited idol immersion in Ganga and its tributaries and directed violators to pay Rs 50,000 as environmental compensation which would be collected by the concerned District Magistrate and deposited with Delhi Pollution Control Committee.

(With inputs from ANI)

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