Ganesha habba – an appeal

Ganesha habba is here. In case you happen to live around a lake, make yourself an honorory custodian of the lake and ensure that the immersion rituals do not end up polluting the lake.
Lake development authority, bangalore has an appeal in all the newspapers requesting people to celebrate the festival in a more responsible, environment- conscious way. The guidelines include:

Buying idols of clay which dissolve easily in water.

Not to use painted idols or immerse them in lakes as the toxic substances in the paint get deposited on the tank bed. They also have the potential to penetrate the soil and contaminate the ground water in the surrounding areas causing serious trouble to public health. It reduces the survival of Fish and other aquatic life.

People can actually dissolve the idol in a bucket of clay and then pour the water out in their gardens which is a favourable form of disposal than using the lakes.

Not to let flowers and nirmalyas wash into lakes as they will decay and pollute the water too.

Finally, it costs the state exchequer lakhs of rupees to restore the lakes after the festival which we can actually avoid by being more conscious.

Not too tough to follow if we care for our environment and realise the importance of ground water to our health. Please spread the message around.

Wishes for a very happy Ganesh Chaturti to all Bangaloreans!

4 Comments so far

  1. Dr Vivek M (unregistered) on August 26th, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

    its really a good thought, i have been spreading the message since quite sometime… i even offered to buy the clay idol for a group of children enthusiastic to have their ‘own’ Ganesha…

  2. Adi (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 10:30 am

    Good noble thought!
    I hope they start using something more biodegradable.

  3. usha (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 4:32 pm

    Dr.Vivek: That was indeed a nice offer but the trouble is that they feel that they must have the nicest idol in the area and that means the most colurful one.

    Adi: yes the plain clay ones are easily dissolved ina bucket of water.

  4. rubic_cube (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

    And you all saw what happened! What do you say about that?

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