Berhampur, Sept 4 (LocalWire): Ganesh idols will be immersed in artificial ponds in Silk City for the first time. Earlier Durga idols have been immersed in artificial ponds after Dussehera.
Berhampur Municipal Corporation has dug up four artificial ponds at First Gate, Andhapasara Road, near mango market Goshaninuagaon and Ambapua areas for the immersion.
The ponds are 100 to 240 sq metre in size and five metre deep and are covered with nylon nets.
‘This year, we have constructed artificial ponds for the immersion of Ganesh idols and appealed to the puja committees to use them for immersion,’ said BeMC commissioner, Chakravarti Singh Rathore.
After the immersions, the ponds will be filled up and the debris removed.
The debris will be collected in the nylon nets and dumped in dumping yards, he added.
This step will help stop polluting the water bodies in the city.
‘We also appealed to the organizers not to use existing ponds for immersion,’ he said.
The BeMC officials would keep a strict vigil on the immersion process, he added.
The BeMC administration has also warned of stern action against the organizers, if they immerse idols in any ponds.
Some years ago, the Pollution Control Board had urged the civic bodies to make artificial ponds for the immersion of the idols, especially Durga idols during Dusshera.
‘We have decided on the same method while immersion of the Ganesh idols,’ Rathore said.
While over 100 community Ganesh pujas were organised in the Silk City, several small pujas are also organized in the town in different localities.
In previous years, while some of the large idols were immersed in the Bay of Bengal at Gopalpur, others immersed idols in different ponds in the city causing pollution to the water bodies.
Environmentalists have welcomed the pollution control measures taken by the BeMC.
‘Of late the administration has taken such measures to save the permanent water bodies in the city.
This should prevail for all other pujas too,’ said Sudhir Rout, an environmentalist.