Raising concerns over the environment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to avoid using Ganesha idols made of Plaster of Paris (POP) during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival which will be observed on September 5.
Modi suggested that instead of POP idols, which after immersion cause damage to the aquatic life and environment, people should use eco-friendly idols made of clay.
“Festival is the time of self-evaluation and they need to change with time. Environment is damaged due to immersion of POP idols. Let’s go back to old traditions and adopt idols made of pond clay,” Modi said in his “Mann ki Baat” radio address.
He said the same should be applied for Durga idols.
“Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner but there is some time for Durga Puja. We shall start preparing ourselves from now,” Modi said.
Excessive damage is caused to the environment due to immersion of idols made of POP and chemicals.
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August 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm
Those celebrating this won’t be consious of their acts. Most lack public respect. Pledge or no pledge….POP, chemical paints, garbage, fire crackers and all kinds of pollutants will be there. Get real guys. I can speak for myself….I don’t celebrate any festival if it corrupts the environment.
August 30, 2016 at 11:53 pm
Ganesh made out of pop should not be allowed to immerse in the water. Only eco friendly Ganesh should be allowed. There should be tight security arranged during this time. Its high time that people realise that we have caused so much of damage to the nature. People plz stop polluting our rivers and lakes. Save them for our future.
September 1, 2016 at 1:42 am
First – they drink, pray, and dance in front of man made statue and finally dump in the waterways every where polluting it with chemicals, clay and so on. why don’t they stop this practice to protect creator’s environment; i guess not in our life time.